Zhang Lab


Current Members

Huaiying Zhang, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Chemical Engineering (courtesy), Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology (MBSB) graduate program, CMU
Postdoctoral fellow
     Dartmouth College, Cell Biology, lab of Dr. Amy Gladfelter
     Princeton University, Biophysics, lab of Dr. Clifford Brangwynne
     University of Pennsylvania, Cancer Cell Biology, lab of Dr. Michael Lampson
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, McGill University, lab of Dr. Reghan Hill
M.S., Chemical Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, lab of Drs. Jianming Xing and Huizhou Liu
B.E., Applied Chemistry, China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing)

Meng Xu
Meng Xu, Ph.D.

I come from China and I got my Ph.D. degree at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2016. I am interested in cell biology, especially membrane-less organelle formation by phase transition and its biological role in physiological and pathological conditions. I like playing basketball, pickleball, or just walking outside during my free time.    

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Jason Tones

B.S. in Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida

After 20 years in the restaurant industry and 3 years as a stay home dad I earned my   microbiology degree in 2018 and began working in the Zhang lab in 2019. In my free time I like to make pasta, try my hand at home fermentation, and occasionally golf. 

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Rongwei Zhao
Ph.D. Student

B.S. in Biological Sciences, Beijing Normal University

I am from Beijing, China. Among the various fields in biology, molecular and cell biology intrigues me most because it not only allows us to elucidate the unknown mechanism of cell regulation, but is also essential for discovery and development of therapeutics and pharmaceuticals in the long run. In my free time I like hiking, traveling and appreciating sweeties.

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Tafadzwa Chigumira
Ph.D. Student

M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Howard University

I completed my master’s in Chemical Engineering at Howard University and moved right into the PhD program at CMU. I’m looking forward to delving into the world of cell biology and discovering extended applications of chemical engineering principles. My hobbies include listening to audible books, watching C, K and Thai dramas and hunting down good (and cheap) food.

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Ruwani Madushika Dalath
Ph.D. Student

B.Sc Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Ever since I got to know that the biochemical and molecular changes at the cellular level lead to physiological alterations in living creatures , my desire to dive more into this regard grew up day by day!
With my eyes focused on my passion, I pursued my bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Colombo and moved right into my PhD in Biological Sciences at CMU!
I joined Zhang lab in May 2023 and here I am exploring more in the world of science and doing What I’ve always wanted to do!!!

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Jasper Jeffrey
Ph.D. Student

B.Sc in Molecular Biology, Lehigh University

After receiving my B.Sc. from Lehigh University, I worked on performing single molecule experiments with the Kinesin 1 motor KIF1A and general anesthetic propofol. At the Zhang lab I am currently elucidating structural features that drive liquid-liquid phase separation of proteins involved in cell division. When outside the lab space I enjoy scale modeling, visiting submarines and being an amateur green thumb.

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Thu Pham
Master’s Student

B.Sc in Biotechnology, University of Science and Technology, Vietnam

I completed my undergraduate degree in Biotechnology at the University of Science and Technology in Hanoi, Vietnam. Currently, I’m deeply intrigued by the concept of protein phase separation and its potential implications for cancer progression. During my leisure time, I enjoy experimenting with new dessert recipes, practicing various musical instruments, and indulging in drawing to nurture my creative side.

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Lu Qiao
Master’s Student

BA in Biology, Boston University

My educational foundation in biology stems from my undergraduate years and my interest in bioinformatics has guided me to CMU. Currently, I am particularly enthusiastic about utilizing AI to address intricate biological questions while enjoying both wet lab and dry lab experiments. During my free time, I love cooking, solving sudoku, Jigsaw puzzles, and Legos. #ISTJ for sure.

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Ziang Bi
Undergraduate Researcher

I am an undergraduate student currently majoring in Biological Sciences. I joined Zhang lab in 2023 and am thrilled to contribute to researches in protein condensates. In my free time I enjoy practicing with my bandmates and going to concerts.

Lab alumni

Josiah Kratz, Ph.D Student – Currently at Shiladitya Banerjee lab, Carnegie Mellon University.

Will O’Connell, Ph.D Student – Currently at FlexTrade Systems Inc.

Sabrina Tsai, Master’s Student – Currently at Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences.

Astha Tripathi, Undergraduate Researcher – Currently at Massachussetts General Hospital.