MIT & Harvard, US

Feng Zhang in the Keck Career Development Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Biological Engineering at MIT and he is also a Core Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. As a graduate student at Stanford University, Zhang worked with advisor Karl Deisseroth to invent a set of technologies, now known as optogenetics, for dissecting the functional organization of brain circuits. His lab continues to pioneer and apply disruptive technologies including optogenetics and genome engineering (TALENs and CRISPR) to understand nervous system function and disease. Zhang’s long-term goal is to develop novel therapeutic strategies for disease treatment. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a PhD in chemistry and bioengineering from Stanford University. Before joining the MIT faculty he was a junior fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows. He is a recipient of the Perl/UNC Prize in Neuroscience, the NIH Director’s Pioneer award, and awards from the Searle Scholars Program, McKnight, Keck, and Damon Runyon foundations.