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Dr. Boyang Zhang

Associate Chair (Graduate)

Department of Chemical Engineering

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering

Expertise:
Tissue engineering, biomaterials engineering, microfluidics, organ-on-a-chip engineering, advanced biofabrication, regenerative medicine, high-throughput drug screening, machine learning, stem cell engineering
Research Clusters:

Overview

The rising cost of healthcare driven by the increasing expenditures in drug discovery and clinical treatments has become a significant burden to our society while the outcomes of care have not improved. To reverse this trend, the healthcare industry demands innovative biotech solutions that will disrupt the existing methods of care. The field of tissue engineering emerged nearly two decades ago promises to offer human tissues on demand. Realizing this ambitious goal will fundamentally transform modern medicine and change the way we approach drug discovery and clinical treatments. To this end, we strive to develop advanced biofabrication techniques integrated with insights from developmental biology to build human micro-tissue models for predictive drug discovery and to construct functional macro-tissues for tissue regeneration in patients. In this pursuit, we strive to create an environment that will inspire the next generation of researchers and dreamers to solve big challenges in our world by fostering learning, passion, and collaboration. The BZhangLab is always seeking passionate scientists and engineers to join our team and to engage in multidisciplinary collaboration. In the quest to solve the biggest challenge in medicine, we understand "it takes a village to build an organ". We welcome you to embark on this exciting journey with us!  

Highly motivated graduate students who are interested in tissue engineering, microfluidics, organ-on-a-chip, and advanced biofabrication can visit our lab website (www.bzhanglab.com) and reach out to Dr. Boyang Zhang (zhangb97@mcmaster.ca) with your CV, transcript and a brief statement of interest. 

Education

  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellow – University of Toronto (2018)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry – University of Toronto (2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering – Georgia Institute of Technology (2010)

 

Publications

Selected

Rajasekar, Shravanthi, Dawn S. Y. Lin, Lyan Abdul, Amy Liu, Alexander Sotra, Feng Zhang, and Boyang Zhang.

IFlowPlate—A Customized 384-Well Plate for the Culture of Perfusable Vascularized Colon Organoids

Advanced Materials. Wiley

Rajasekar, Shravanthi, Dawn S. Y. Lin, Feng Zhang, Alexander Sotra, Alex Boshart, Sergi Clotet-Freixas, Amy Liu, et al.

Subtractive Manufacturing with Swelling Induced Stochastic Folding of Sacrificial Materials for Fabricating Complex Perfusable Tissues in Multi-Well Plates.

Lab on a Chip. Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Kouthouridis, Sonya, Eleanor Robson, Alicia Hartung, Sandeep Raha, and Boyang Zhang.

Se(XY) Matters: The Importance of Incorporating Sex in Microphysiological Models.

Trends in Biotechnology. Elsevier BV

Abdul, Lyan, Shravanthi Rajasekar, Dawn S. Y. Lin, Sibi Venkatasubramania Raja, Alexander Sotra, Yuhang Feng, Amy Liu, and Boyang Zhang.

Correction: Deep-LUMEN Assay – Human Lung Epithelial Spheroid Classification from Brightfield Images Using Deep Learning.

Lab on a Chip. Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Zhang, Boyang, Miles Montgomery, M. Dean Chamberlain, Shinichiro Ogawa, Anastasia Korolj, Aric Pahnke, Laura A. Wells, et al.

Biodegradable Scaffold with Built-in Vasculature for Organ-on-a-Chip Engineering and Direct Surgical Anastomosis.

Nature Materials

Zhang, Boyang, Anastasia Korolj, Benjamin Fook Lun Lai, and Milica Radisic.

Advances in Organ-on-a-Chip Engineering.

Nature Reviews Materials

Zhang, Boyang, and Milica Radisic.

Organ-on-a-Chip Devices Advance to Market.

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

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Achievements

  • 2022 Ontario Early Career Researcher Award, Ontario Government
  • 2021 Lab on a Chip Outstanding Reviewer of 2021, Lab on a Chip journal
  • 2020 Special Young Scholar, Global Chinese Chemical Engineering
  • 2019 Biofabrication Outstanding Reviewer of 2018, Biofabrication journal
  • 2017 Canada’s Distinguished Dissertation Award in Engineering/Medical Science, Canadian Association for Graduate Studies
  • 2016 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • 2016 MedTech’s Rising Star, Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI)