Irvine’s Weian Zhao named a top 35 innovator

August 23, 2012 by  

At the University of California, Irvine, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences Weian Zhao has been selected as one of the ‘world’s top 35 innovators under the age of 35’ by Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology’s (MIT) ‘Technology Review’.

Zhao, 32, has membership of the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center and was recognized for his efforts in allowing researchers to track the path of cells through the body’s tissue by attaching sensors to stem cells. Zhao’s research could eventually aid the development of drug delivery systems that target specific cells potentially aiding in the treatment of cancer and other illnesses.

Zhao joined Irvine’s faculty in 2011. He joins fellow faculty member Michelle Khine, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at UCI, who was recognized by the TR35 list in 2009 at the age of 32. Khine was acknowledged for her innovative technique of making microfluidic devices out of Shrinky Dinks. Her use of the children’s toy has far-reaching applications in the design of microfluidic prototypes.

‘Technology Review’ is published by MIT and has been honoring young innovators since 1999. The yearly list of 35 innovators includes scientists and technologists whose work spans computing, electronics, communications, medicine, nanotechnology, and more. Previous honorees include JB Straubel of Tesla, Sergey Brin of Google, and Danah Boyd of Microsoft.

This year’s TR35 members will present their work at the EmTech MIT conference October 24 – 26, 2012 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and will be honored at an evening awards ceremony and reception on October 25, 2012. Print companies are usually used by universities for the printing of dissertations, masters’ papers, and catalog printing.