Zhe Zhang

Graduate Student


Zhe (or Jill) was born in Xi’an, and raised in Beijing, China. She did her undergraduate study in Tsinghua University. During that time, Jill spent a summer at Stanford University as a visiting scholar. After obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, she came to MIT in 2012 and started pursuing a PhD degree. Jill obtained Practice School, a key element of the M.S.CEP degree program, at Alcon and Corning in 2013. During her free time, she enjoys running and baking.

Jill’s project is to study the expression and specific metabolic roles of several enzymes in contributing to cancer cell growth and proliferation using tools such as CRISPR/Cas9 and metabolic flux analysis. The functional and phenotypic information Jill and her collaborators attempt to uncover may guide us in designing cancer-specific treatments or combination therapy.

Email: zhezhang (at) mit (dot) edu



J Zhang, WS Ahn, PA Gameiro, MA Keibler, Z Zhang, G Stephanopoulos, 13C isotope-assisted methods for quantifying glutamine metabolism in cancer cells, Methods in Enzymology, vol. 542, pp. 369-389, 2014.

M Keeney, S Onyiah, Z Zhang, X Tong, LH Han, F Yang, Modulating polymer chemistry to enhance non-viral gene delivery inside hydrogels with tunable matrix stiffness, Biomaterials, vol. 34, pp. 9657-9665, 2013.

Z Zhang, M Keeney, X Tong, F Yang, Biodegradable polymeric nanoparticles for gene delivery: the effect of polymer structures on nanoparticle stability and transfection efficiency, Materials Research Society, 2012. (presentation)