Professor of Bioengineering; Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D. - 1994, Clemson University, Bioengineering
M.S. - 1987, Tongji University, Mechanical Engineering
B.S. - 1984, Tongji University, Engineering Mechanics
Office: 401-4 Rhodes Hall
Office Phone: 864.656.4262
Dr. Zhang began his academic career at Tongji University (Shanghai, China) in 1987. After his doctoral and postdoctoral trainings, he resumed his research career at Northwestern University in Illinois. Before joining Clemson University in fall of 2008, Dr. Zhang was an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia where he pioneered a bio-micro/nanotechnology program. Dr. Zhang has served as major professor to six doctoral students and two master students. All of his doctoral graduates are pursuing research careers in academia (e.g., Stanford, UIUC) and in industries (e.g., IBM, COMSOL). He also served on graduate advisory committees for another three doctoral students and two master students. He has mentored three postdoctoral fellows and numerous undergraduate students. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Engineering and is an education editor for the Biomaterials Forum. Dr. Zhang has served as PI on several NIH and NSF grants and participated in the NIH study sessions and NSF review panels numerous times in the areas of biotechnology and nanotechnology covering topics such as chip based sensors, sensors and detectors for environmental monitoring, nanoscale drug delivery, and MEMS and NEMS devices.
As Deputy Director of the IBIOE – an interdisciplinary research institute focused on cellular engineering for biomedicine and the development of diagnostic tissue test systems for the improvement of health care, Dr. Zhang oversees an array of research and industrial initiatives.