Core Faculty Member, The Broad Institute of MIT/Harvard, Investigator, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, W.M. Keck Career Development Professor of Biomedical Engineering Assistant ProfesBiography
Feng Zhang is a Core Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and the W. M. Keck Career Development Professor of Biomedical Engineering at MIT. As a graduate student at Stanford University, Zhang worked with advisor Karl Deisseroth to invent a set of technologies for dissecting the functional organization of brain circuits. His lab works on developing and applying disruptive technologies including optogenetics and genome engineering (TALEs 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 NSF's Alan T. Waterman Award, Perl/UNC Prize in Neuroscience, the NIH Director's Pioneer award, and awards from the Searle Scholars Program, McKnight, Keck, and Damon Runyon foundations.