Department of Human Genetics and the College
Xiaochang Zhang is interested in the fundamental mechanisms of brain development, with the ultimate goal of diagnosing and treating neurological disorders. His current research integrates molecular and genetics approaches, and is focused on tracing cell fate and lineages in mammalian brains, as well as ribonucleic acid (RNA) splicing diversity and neural development.
His research findings have been published in Cell, the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Human Genetics, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Neuron, and Development. He is the recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Career Development Award.
Zhang received a BS in life science from Fudan University in Shanghai, as well as a PhD in developmental biology from its Institute of Developmental Biology and Molecular Medicine. He was a visiting scholar/postdoctoral fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the University of Colorado Boulder, and a postdoctoral associate/fellow at HHMI, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. Most recently, he was an instructor at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.