Weian Zhao serves as an Assistant Professor at the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, CA, USA. His research aims to understand and ultimately control the fate of the transplanted stem cells (i.e., mesenchymal stem cells). Zhao completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry at the Shandong University (China) where he studied polymer, surface, and colloidal chemistry. Zhao then obtained his Ph.D. degree in chemistry at the McMaster University (Canada) in 2008. During his Ph.D. study, Zhao focused on the use of functional nucleic acid (i.e., aptamers, DNA-based enzymes) to structure gold nanoparticles to construct well-defined nanostructures and biosensors for point-of-care diagnosis. From 2008 to 2011, Zhao completed a Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Harvard Medical School, Brigham, Women’s Hospital, and MIT. His current research focuses on the development of novel molecular, nano- and microengineered tools for stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, diagnosis and in vivo imaging, and elucidating stem cell and cancer biology. Zhao published more than 30 research articles and has filed 2 patents and given 40 presentations in conferences or invited talks. He won numerous prizes including the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Student Abroad, Selected Participant of the 60th Meeting of Nobel Laureates award, Lindau, Germany, Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Award, and NSERC Innovation Challenge Award. Zhao is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal Nanotechnology.
Biography Updated on 27 August 2012