Meet the Team Members of the Zhang Research Group

GuangJun Zhang, Ph.D

GuangJun Zhang, Ph.D

Dr. GuangJun Zhang is the John T. and Winifred M. Hayward Assistant Professor of Genetic Research, Genetic Epidemiology and Comparative Medicine in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine. He grew up in China and earned his MD degree from the Tongji University in Shanghai in 1998 and his Master’s degree from the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine (currently, Chinese Center for Disease Control) in 2001. His research focused on evolutionary and developmental biology of vertebrate skeletons during his PhD. training at the University of Florida from 2003 to 2007. Before he came to Purdue, he did his postdoctoral training on cancer genetics using zebrafish as an animal model at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT from 2008 to 2012. He joined Purdue University in 2012.

Guangzhen Jiang, Ph.D. Visiting Scholar

Guangzhen Jiang, Ph.D. Visiting Scholar

Guangzhen obtained his Ph.D. from College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agriculture University, Nanjing, China, in 2012. He has worked on fish lipid metabolism and regulation by feeds for his Ph.D. Currently, Guangzhen is working on the tumorigenic roles of SMARCAD1 and NF2 genes using human cell lines and zebrafish models.

Martin R. Silic, lab technician

Martin R. Silic, lab technician

Martin Silic completed his undergraduate studies at Purdue University in 2016 obtaining a bachelor's degree in biology, with a concentration in molecular biology. His undergraduate research investigated viral gene expression in the poxvirus Vaccinia. He now continues his interests in disease and genetics by performing genetic sorting of the labs plethora of mutant fish lines. In addition to genotyping, he assists Dr. Zhang with multiple of his current research projects involving human-zebrafish comparative pathobiology.

Current undergraduate Research

Alexandra Irma Nin Velez

Alexandra Irma Nin Velez

 
 
 

Lab Alumni

  • Guolin Cai, MD. Ph.D., postdoctoral associate. Physician, Beijing Jishutan Hospital.
  • Kenny H. Chen, Undergraduate researcher.
  • Rhys Chua, Undergraduate researcher. Now a graduate Student at the University of San Francisco.
  • Zhibin Cui, Ph.D. postdoctoral associate.
  • Richard Feng, Undergraduate researcher.
  • Monica Hensley, Ms., Now a technician at the Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution of Washington.
  • Jacob Jefferies. Lab Technician. Now, a Ph.D student at the Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University.
  • Elizabeth M. Nguyen, Undergraduate researcher.
  • Cara Rafanelli, Undergraduate researcher.
  • Natalie Shammas, Undergraduate researcher.
  • Nicole Shammas, Undergraduate researcher.
  • Stefanie Simpson, Undergraduate researcher. Now a graduate Student at the IUPUI
  • Chelsey Wallace, Undergraduate researcher.
  • Xinmin Yan, Visiting Scholar, Lanzou Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute (LVRI), Gansu, China.
  • Xiaoguang Zhu, Ph.D., postdoctoral associate.

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