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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).


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.

June 19, 2014: Congrats to Dr. Zhao who receives the 15th Annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium Junior Faculty Award. 

June 16, 2014: Congrats to Louai on receiving the SURP Fellowship. 

May 24, 2014: Many congratulations to Louai who won the first place in the poster competition for the Science Honor Society Research Symposium!

May 8, 2014: Many Congratulations to Jessica who has received a prestigious NIH CARE training fellowship.

May 7, 2014: Many Congratulations to Shirley who has received a prestigious NIH CARE training fellowship.

May 4, 2014: Congratulations to Louai on winning the ” Undergraduate Researcher of the Month  at UCI ” award.

May 1, 2014: Dr. Wenbin Liao won “Shark Tank” innovation pitch at the Stem Cell Trainee Retreat. His team developed a new concept to use glucose responsive drug delivery system to treat diabetes. Congrats!

April 30, 2014: Congratulations to Feng Li, a former member of the Zhao lab, who has been offered an Assistant Professor position at Brock University.

April 15, 2014: Zhao laboratory spins off a start-up company, Velox Biosystems, to develop rapid and sensitive diagnostic technologies. Please contact Dr. Zhao (weianz@uci.edu) for potential partnership.

April 14, 2014: Bone marrow stem cells may help patients recover from stroke. Click here to read the article.

March 18, 2014: Congratulations to our new paper “Synthetic multivalent ligands built on a DNA scaffold to modulate cell function” accepted at ChemBioChem for publication.

February 24, 2014: Congratulations to Wenbin Liao on receiving a  prestigious CIRM postdoc training grant.

February 23, 2014: Dr. Zhao discusses co-op education with New York Times. Click here to read the article.

February 14, 2014: Congratulations to Dong-Ku’s Fortuna team who has made into the semi-finals of the 2014 Business Plan Competition at The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine.

January 27, 2014: Congratulations to our review paper   “Rolling Circle Amplification: A Versatile Tool for Chemical    Biology, Materials Science and Medicine”  accepted at Chemical   Society Reviews!

January 10, 2014:  Congratulations to Dr. Dong-ku Kang whose abstract has been accepted as a keynote presentation at the 24th Anniversary World Congress on Biosensors!

December 16, 2013:  Congratulations to Dr. Zhao, Dr. Kang and Kaixiang, featured in Interface Focus, ‘Using droplet technology, researchers shine a spotlight on runaway cancer cells.’

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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 16, 2013: The Zhao lab has received a grant from DOD CDMRP to develop new stem cell treatments to cure metastatic breast cancer.

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 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!

June 26, 2013: Zhao lab receives funding from Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to develop insulin sensors to better manage diabetes. Featured on UCI News!

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