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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Multiple positions available for highly motivated Postdocs, 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.
December 9, 2013: Welcome Janae Bustos, our new Junior Specialist!
November 25, 2013: Congratulations to Kaixiang who has received a Molecular Medicine Tri-Con 2014 Student Fellowship!
November 18, 2013: Congratulations to Dr. Monsur Ali who has won the FIRST prize in poster competition of the 2013 Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Retreat!
September 03, 2013: Welcome George Polovin, our new CIRM Scholar Intern!
August 27, 2013: Congratulations to Zhiqing, Ali, Mark, Dongku, and Ian whose paper “A polyvalent aptamer system for targeted drug delivery” has been accepted by Biomaterials for publication.
August 27, 2013: New postdoc Dr. Feng Li joined the lab, Welcome!
August 21, 2013: Dr. Zhao’s paper “mRNA-Engineered Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Targeted ,Delivery of Interleukin-10 to Sites of Inflammation” is accepted for publication at Blood. Check out the news release at Science Daily!
August 16, 2013: Congratulations to Milad who received a MSC 2013 Travel Award!
August 9, 2013: Zhao lab receives a 2013 Translational Discovery Grant from UCI’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. Congratulations!
August 8, 2013: The Zhao lab invites PVJOBS Positive Pathways Program participants to visit the lab for the afternoon.
July 24, 2013: Congratulations to Dongku who has won two CCBS Opportunity Awards to develop novel engineered tools to interrogate complex biology.
July 13, 2013: Congratulations to Jerry, Mark, Milad, and Dongku whose review paper “From Blood to the Brain: Can Systemically ,Transplanted Mesenchymal Stem Cells Cross the Blood-Brain Barrier?” has been accepted for publication at Stem Cells International.
June 30, 2013: Dr. Zhao receives the Hellman Fellowship. Congratulations.
June 26, 2013: Zhao lab receives funding from Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to develop insulin sensors to better manage diabetes. Featured on UCI News!
June 21, 2013: Rangoli Aeran has joined the lab. Welcome!
June 14, 2013: Mark, Priscilla, Kaixiang, Dongku and Ali’s review paper” Novel Molecular And Nanosensors For In Vivo Sensing” was accepted to publish at Theranostics, the top journal in the field. Congratulations!!
June 3, 2013: Zhao lab receives funding from American Heart Association to develop stem cell-based therapy to treat stroke. Congratulations!
May 31, 2013: Congratulations to Ilia and Mark’s review paper “To grab the stroma by the horns: From biology to cancer therapy with mesenchymal stem cells” accepted by Oncotarget and featured as the journal cover.
May 23, 2013: Dr. Zhao is invited to attend the 11th Annual National academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) conference, The Future of Advanced Nuclear Technologies: Building a Healthier and Safer Planet.
May 7, 2013: Mark and Jingxia’s review paper entitled “Evidence for High Translational Potential of Mesenchymal Stromal Cell Therapy to Improve Recovery from Ischemic Stroke” has been accepted for publication at Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism. Congratulations!
May 6, 2013: Zhao lab receives funding from University of California, Cancer Research Coordinating Committee to develop better therapeutics to treat leukemia. Congratulations!
April 25, 2013: Zhao lab has received funding from Earlier.org to develop facile diagnostics for early-stage breast cancer test.
April 23, 2013: Congratulations to a Theme Issue ‘Molecular-, nano- and micro-devices for real-time in vivo sensing‘ organized and edited by Dr. Zhao for Interface Focus.
April 23, 2013: Congratulations to Drs. Zhao, Karp and Lin’s laboratories whose work has made cover page at Interface Focus. Check it out here.
April 23, 2013: Congratulations to Mark’s paper “Opening windows on new biology and disease mechanisms: development of real-time in vivo sensors” at Interface Focus.
April 22, 2013: Zhao lab has received seed grant from the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center to develop facile cancer diagnostics. Congratulations!
December 21, 2012: Zhao lab receives funding from Department of Defense to develop novel stem cell-based therapy to treat cancer metastases. Congratulations!
November 19, 2012: Check out Dr. Zhao’s newest publication in PNAS: Bioinspired multivalent DNA network for capture and release of cells
Also take a look at some of the articles related to this publication: one from MIT News and another from MedicalXpress.com
January, 2012: Positions available for highly motivated Postdocs, Graduate Students and Undergraduate students who want to join an interdisciplinary and collaborative team to address unmet challenges in biology and medicine.