Jian Zhang

About Me

My name is Jian Zhang, and I have just received my PhD degree after 5 years of study in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in Carnegie Mellon University. My PhD advisor is Dr. Yu-li Wang. Before I came to Carnegie Mellon, I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Peking University, China, where I received solid trainings in mechanics, mathematics and engineering.

My research interests lie in the area of cell mechanics, which is the study of cell behaviors in various environments with or without external stimuli, including the study of cell adhesions and cytoskeleton, the study of cellular traction forces and mechanosensing, the regulation of cell polarity and cell migration, etc. My research involves both wet lab experiments and computational modeling. As cell mechanics is an interdisciplinary filed that applies engineering principles to solve complex biological problems, I am confident that the solid trainings I received in both mechanical engineering and cell biology is going to promote the discovery of very interesting results in this field.

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2016 Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering Carnegie Mellon University
2011 B.S. in Theoretical & Applied Mechanics Peking University
2009 Exchange Student National University of Singapore

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Honors & Awards

2011 Outstanding Graduate, Peking University
2011 Grand Prize Winner, Challenge Cup May-4th Youth Science Competition, Peking University1,2
2010 First Prize Winner, Challenge Cup May-4th Youth Science Competition, Peking University3
2008, 2009, 2010 Schlumberger Fellowship, Peking University

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  1. J. Zhang, W.-H. Guo, & Y.-L. Wang. Microtubules Stabilize Cell Polarity by Localizing Rear Signals. Proc Natl Acad Sci of U.S.A., 111:46, 16383-16388, 2014. [Request PDF]

  2. J. Zhang, W.-H. Guo, A. Rape, & Y.-L. Wang. Micropatterning Cell Adhesion on Polyacrylamide Hydrogels. In Cell-Cell Interactions: Methods and Protocols, 2ndEd. (T.A. Baudino, ed.), Springer, New York, 147-156, 2013. [Request PDF]

  3. J. Xu, J. Zhang, H. Wang, & J. Mi. Fine Particle Behavior in the Air Flow Past a Triangular Cylinder. Aerosol Sci Technol, 47:8, 875-884, 2013. [Request PDF]

  4. J. Zhang, J. Mi, & H. Wang. A New Mesh-Independent Model for Droplet/Particle Collision. Aerosol Sci Technol, 46:6, 622-630, 2012. [Request PDF]

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Address: Scott Hall 4N001, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Email: jian (AT) cmu.edu / jz1 (AT) andrew.cmu.edu

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  1. "Challenge Cup" is the most competitive annual contest of science and technology in Peking University where both graduate students and undergraduate students (usually in their junior and senior years) participate.
  2. My group finished a project entitled "A cellular-level study of bio-heat transfer based on tumor cryotherapy and the cryopreservation of tissues and organs".
  3. My group finished a project entitled "A solar-powered inhalable particulate matter eliminator for home use".

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