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    Dr. Jin Zhang


    Jin Zhang attended Tsinghua University for her undergraduate studies, and pursued her graduate studies in Chemistry at the University of Chicago. After completing her postdoctoral work at the University of California, San Diego, she joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2003. She was promoted to Professor of Pharmacology, Neuroscience and Oncology in 2013. In 2015 she moved back to the University of California, San Diego and is currently a Professor of Pharmacology, Director of the Bio-optical Probe Advancement Center (BioPAC), and member of the Moores Cancer Center at UCSD.


    Research in her lab focuses on developing enabling technologies to probe active biological molecules in their native environment and characterizing how these active molecules change in diseases including cancer. Professor Zhang is a recipient of the American Heart Association National Scientist Development Award (2005), the Biophysical Society Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award (2009), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Pioneer Award (2009), the John J. Abel Award in Pharmacology from American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) (2012), the Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry from American Chemical Society (2012), and National Institute of Cancer Outstanding Investigator Award (2015).


    She was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2014.



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    Terri Clister (Graduate Student)




    Kirill Gorshkov (Graduate Student)




    Eric Greenwald (Postdoctoral Fellow)




    Fabian Hertel (Postdoctoral Fellow)




    Jeremiah Keyes (Postdoctoral Fellow)




    Henry Lee (Postdoctoral Fellow)




    Simin Li (Postdoctoral Fellow)




    Sohum Mehta (Project Scientist)




    Albert Mo (Lab Assistant)




    Gary Mo (Postdoctoral Fellow)



    Qiang Ni (Development Engineer)




    Laurel Oldach (Graduate Student)




    Brian Ross (Graduate Student)




    Brian Tenner (Graduate Student)




    Pengyu Zhang (Undergraduate Assistant)



    Xin Zhou (Project Scientist)




    Yanghao Zhong (Graduate Student)





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