Feng Zhang makes MIT Technology Review’s INNOVATORS UNDER 35 List

Haley Bridger, August 21st, 2013
  • Feng Zhang
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Broad Institute core faculty member Feng Zhang has been named to MIT Technology Review’s list of 35 top young investigators in recognition of his work in biotechnology and medicine.

Each year, MIT Technology Review assembles a list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world. Previous winners include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the cofounders of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, the cofounder of Facebook; Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple; and David Karp, the creator of Tumblr.

Zhang, who is also an assistant professor of neuroscience and biological chemistry at MIT and a principal investigator in the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, applies synthetic biology approaches to study nervous system function and disease. His lab also develops and applies novel tools using a combination of animal and stem cell models. Zhang has been named a “pioneer” on this year’s list, along with researchers from Stanford University, BGI-Shenzhen, CalTech, and elsewhere.

This year’s honorees will be featured online on the Technology Review web site starting today, and in the September/October print magazine, which hits newsstands worldwide on September 3. They will appear in person at the upcoming EmTech MIT conference from October 9–11 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.