Novel molecular and bioengineered technologies for diagnosis and therapy
Dr. Weian Zhao
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of California, Irvine
The Zhao laboratory aims to develop molecular and bioengineered tools to elucidate new biology and to tackle unmet challenges in disease diagnosis and treatment. In this talk, Dr. Zhao will present some of their most recent studies including 1) multivalent DNA materials as new therapeutics, 2) microfabricated devices for rare cell detection, and 3) stem cell based approach for drug delivery. A major purpose of the seminar is to stimulate scientific discussion and foster new collaborations and projects with faculty members in Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.
Dr. Weian Zhao is an Assistant Professor at the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of California, Irvine. He completed his BSc and MSc degrees in Chemistry at Shandong University (China), then obtained his PhD in Chemistry at McMaster University (Canada) in 2008. Dr. Zhao’s research aims to elucidate and eventually control the fate of transplanted stem cells and to develop novel miniaturized devices for cancer imaging/diagnosis and for point-of-care applications.