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 (email@example.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.
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 23, 2014 : A very warm welcome to our new Project Scientist, Wenbin Liao !
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 21, 2014: Congratulations to Eline Kocharyan who received a UROP Research Grant!
January 20, 2014: Louai Labanieh receives a UROP Research Grant! Congratulations Louai!
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.’
December 12, 2013: A warm welcome to our new Project Scientist, Dr. Ej Pone!
December 9, 2013: Welcome Janae Bustos, our new Junior Specialist!
December 2, 2013: Zhao lab receives seed grant from UCI’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Congratulations!
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!!