Our Mission

We are dedicated to developing better bioengineered tools to address unmet biomedical needs and biological questions. Through working at the interface of material sciences, biomedical engineering, biology and medicine, our interdisciplinary and collaborative team aims to develop next generation stem cell-based therapeutics and miniaturized diagnostics (Research). We are also fully committed to the professional development of the personnel in the laboratory and do everything we can to ensure successful career paths (Education).  If you are interested in joining the team, collaborating, donating, or are interested in what our research expertise can do for you, please contact Dr. Weian Zhao (weianzhao.uci@gmail.com).


Zhao lab proudly launched Velox Biosystems for developing rapid and sensitive diagnostic tools and is actively seeking partners. Please contact Dr. Weian Zhao (weianzhao.uci@gmail.com).

Multiple positions available for highly motivated Postdocs (Naturejobs), Graduate Students, Undergraduate students and Administrative Staffs who want to join an interdisciplinary and collaborative team to address unmet challenges in medicine. The applicants who have a background/interest in immunology, stem cell and cancer biology, in vitro selection and evolution, bioengineering and technology translation, and clinical oncology are particularly encouraged to apply.

May 7, 2016: Congratulations to Aude in winning the best poster prize in the 2016 UCI Campuswide Symposium on Basic Cancer Biology.

May 6, 2016: Congratulations to Louai and his team in winning the 2nd place in the 2016 Business Plan Competition (campus-wide) at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business.

April 21, 2016: Congratulations to Milad in receiving an internship position in Amgen‘s therapeutic discovery division for Summer 2016.

March 29, 2016: Congratulations to Louai in receiving the prestigious NSF graduate fellowship and Edge fellowship from Stanford University to support his PhD program (featured on UCI Samueli School of Engineering website).

March 16, 2016: Congratulations to Dr. Weian Zhao in receiving the promotion to Associate Professor with tenure.

March 4, 2016: Congratulations to Neto in receiving UCI OCEAN Graduate Student Fellowship to develop tests to study and detect environmental bacteria.

February 16, 2016: Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Microfluidics Diagnostics available. Apply now.

June 2, 2015: Congratulations to Dr. Zhao in receiving this year’s UCI Academic Senate Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Research.

April 20, 2015: Dr. Zhao has been selected as the Young Investigator of the Year Award from UCI’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS).

April 15, 2015: Dr. Zhao has been selected as 2015 outstanding professor for UCI Anthology’s 50th Anniversary Yearbook.

April 9, 2015: Zhao lab receives a $5 million R01 grant from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) on Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostics Projects (NIH News, UCI News, WorldJournal).

February 4, 2015: Zhao lab receives a grant from Lymedisease.org to develop a better test for Lyme diseases.

January 28, 2015: IC 3D technology was highlighted in Lab on a Chip: Research highlights: microfluidic analysis of antimicrobial susceptibility.

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