Zehao Pan is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Zehao Pan is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His advisor is Professor Hsueh-Chia Chang. It was Prof. Chang’s research in biosensing, and biosensing’s applications in detecting cancers, that initially drew Zehao to pursue graduate work at Notre Dame.
Zehao now conducts research in the Chang Lab, where he uses nanotechnology to explore the composition of microRNAs with different sequences, the functional molecules that regulate protein production, with an aim toward detecting abnormalities in cells that can lead to cancer cell growths.
Because Zehao studied mechanical engineering at Tsinghua University in Beijing he had limited exposure to coursework in biology and biological sciences’ integration with engineering. At Notre Dame, Zehao has benefited from an interdisciplinary program of studies, one that bridges the gaps between biology, chemistry, engineering and entrepreneurship. It is both fundamental, in its integration of cutting-edge science in complex device systems, and also highly applicable, in its focus to realize commercializable medical devices. Such interdisciplinary and comprehensive product-oriented research is unique to Prof Chang’s lab and Zehao considers himself fortunate to be a part of it.