Feng Zhang
#4246 Overall Influence

Feng Zhang

Chinese-American synthetic biologist

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Feng Zhang is a core member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the James and Patricia Poitras Professor in Neuroscience for the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and for Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After immigrating to the U.S. from China with his mother at the age of 11, he attended school in Iowa. He earned his B.A. in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in chemical and biological engineering from Stanford University.

Best known for his work in optogenetics, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. His lab uses synthetic biology to develop tools and methods for epigenomic and genomic engineering, for use in neurobiological study. They have developed a new protocol for nucleic acid detection, SHERLOCK, which is based on CRISPR. His work has yielded important innovations in the use of CRISPR technologies.

Zhang has received numerous prestigious awards, including the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the Alan T. Waterman Award, the Gairdner Foundation International Award, and the Tsuneko & Reiji Okazaki Award. In 2017, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

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Feng Zhang is a Chinese-American biochemist. Zhang currently holds the James and Patricia Poitras Professorship in Neuroscience at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and in the departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also has appointment with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard . He is most well known for his central role in the development of optogenetics and CRISPR technologies.

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Harvard University
Harvard University

Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Stanford University
Stanford University

Private research university located in Stanford, California, United States

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#499 World Rank #173 USA Rank
Biology