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James Zhang

Current Status: M4

Graduate Department: Neuroscience

Previous Education: BSE in BME, Duke University;  

Advisor(s): Ling Wei, MD;

Hometown: Vienna, VA


Fitness, friends, traveling (time permitted), basketball, tennis


My research focus is on regenerative therapies, in particular stem cell therapy. The disease models I work with are stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI), although the cell therapy paradigm can be applied to much more diverse cases. I aim to improve the viability, differentiation, and function of transplanted cells in the injured microenvironment by using innovative approaches combining genetic therapy, optogenetics, and DREADDs.