Zhenbin Zhang

Zhenbin Zhang


Dr. Zhang obtained his B.S. degree in Inorganic Nonmetal Material Engineering from Central South University and Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Subsequently, he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Notre Dame. He joined the faculty at Notre Dame in 2016.

Research Interests

My research interest is to improve the identification performance of capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) in mass spectrometry based proteomics analysis. Currently, reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC) is the dominant separation method in proteomics analysis. However, CZE outperforms RPLC when dealing with less than tens of nanogram amounts of samples, and it has great potential in ultrasensitive and high throughput proteomics analysis. To overcome the disadvantages of CZE, such as a high concentration detection limit and low sample loading capacity, a solid phase extraction method based on strong cation exchange (SCX) monolith was developed for online sample preconcentration prior to CZE analysis. Moreover, the SCX monolith can be used as a microreactor for online sample preparation to minimize the sample lost and to improve the efficiency.

The developed microreactor-based platform has great potential for single cell proteomics analysis. Currently, a single blastomere of Xenopus embryo is used as a model. A single blastomere has hundreds of nanogram to microgram amounts of proteins depending on embryo stage, and they are significantly different starting from the 8-cell stage. More importantly, the single cell proteomic work on those blastomeres from the same and different stages will be invaluable for understanding blastomere lineage. In terms of sample preparation, we will inject the single cell into the SCX monolith, then do online lysis, reduction and digestion. The sample loss will be decreased to the minimum because the sample was retained on the SCX monolith during all the sample preparation steps. After online digestion, the peptides can be eluted by using single or pH gradient elution for CE-MS or LC-MS analysis.


Recent Publications

  • Qu, Y., Dubiak, K. M., Peuchen, E. H., Champion, M. M., Zhang, Z., Hebert, A. S., Wright, S., Coon, J. J., Huber, P. W., Dovichi, N. J. "Quantitative capillary zone electrophoresis-mass spectrometry reveals theN-glycome developmental plan during vertebrate embryogenesis" 2020 Molecular Omics, 16 (3), pp. 210-220. DOI:10.1039/d0mo00005a.
  • Zhang, Z., Dubiak, K. M., Huber, P. W., Dovichi, N. J. "Miniaturized Filter-Aided Sample Preparation (MICRO-FASP) Method for High Throughput, Ultrasensitive Proteomics Sample Preparation Reveals Proteome Asymmetry in Xenopus laevis Embryos" 2020 Analytical Chemistry, 92 (7), pp. 5554-5560. DOI:10.1021/acs.analchem.0c00470.
  • Amenson-Lamar, E. A., Sun, L., Zhang, Z., Bohn, P. W., Dovichi, N. J. "Detection of 1 zmol injection of angiotensin using capillary zone electrophoresis coupled to a Q-Exactive HF mass spectrometer with an electrokinetically pumped sheath-flow electrospray interface" 2019 Talanta, 204 pp. 70-73. DOI:10.1016/j.talanta.2019.05.079.
  • Wang, M., Dubiak, K., Zhang, Z., Huber, P. W., Chen, D. D. Y., Dovichi, N. J. "MALDI-imaging of early stage Xenopus laevis embryos" 2019 Talanta, 204 pp. 138-144. DOI:10.1016/j.talanta.2019.05.060.
  • Zhang, Z., Hebert, A. S., Westphall, M. S., Coon, J. J., Dovichi, N. J. "Single-Shot Capillary Zone Electrophoresis-Tandem Mass Spectrometry Produces over 4400 Phosphopeptide Identifications from a 220 ng Sample" 2019 Journal of Proteome Research, 18 (8), pp. 3166-3173. DOI:10.1021/acs.jproteome.9b00244.
  • Qu, Y., Sun, L., Zhu, G., Zhang, Z., Peuchen, E. H., Dovichi, N. J. "Sensitive and fast characterization of site-specific protein glycosylation with capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry" 2018 Talanta, 179 pp. 22-27. DOI:10.1016/j.talanta.2017.10.015.

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Contact Information

  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Office: 152 McCourtney Hall
  • Phone: 574-631-9087
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