Research Team

Xiaohui Frank Zhang, PhD, Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor
Bioengineering Program & Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
Lehigh University
Tel: 610-758-2939
Email: xiz310@lehigh.edu

Frank Zhang received his doctorate in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Miami in 2003, his master’s degree in Biophysics from The University of Hong Kong in 1999, and his bachelor’s degree in Physics from the Sun Yat-sen University in 1995. From 2004 to 2008, Dr. Zhang received his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School with Prof. Timothy A. Springer. Prior to joining the Lehigh faculty, he served as a principal investigator at the Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Wengpeng Cao, vonWillebrand Factor co-Project Lead

3rd yr, Ph.D candidate in Bioengineering, Lehigh University
M.S. in Bioengineering, Lehigh University
B.S. in Biology, Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China

WengPeng Cao received his M.S. in Bioenginering from Lehigh University in 2017 and is now currently working towards his doctorate degree. He published his research on mechanical properties of integrin activation during hantavirus infection in Molecular Biology of the Cell in 2017. He is currently researching on the characterization of the primary binding interactions in CAR-T Therapy and the probing receptor binding capabitlites of mutant lynx modulators for better cognition and emotional processing.
 

Whitney Lai, vonWillebrand Factor co-Project Lead

2nd yr, Ph.D candidate in Bioengineering, Lehigh University
B.S. Bioengineering, Lehigh University
E-mail: whl216@lehigh.edu

Whitney Lai received her bachelors degree in Bioengineering from Lehigh University in 2016, and is currently studying for her doctorate degree in Lehigh University. She is the current co-project leader for vonWillebrand Factor (vWF) research where she is studying the mechanical properties of A2 domain in vWF through the use of optical tweezers. In 2015, she interned at Becton Dickinson as a Product Testing engineer. Aside from research, she is very interested in global health and technological advancements. She completed her Engineer World Health training in Nicaragua in 2017 and started an E-nabled chapter at Lehigh University which 3-D prints prosthetics for children in need of an upper limb device.

Yizhen Wang, Ph.D, Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD in Material Science, Sun Yat-sen University, China
B.S. in Material Science, Sun Yat-sen University, China
E-mail: yiw411@lehigh.edu

Yizhen Wang received her M.S. and B.S. in Material Science from Sun-Yat-sen University, and is currently conducting his postdoctoral in Lehigh University.

Co-Advising Researchers


Yi Wang vonWillebrand Factor co-Project Lead

2nd yr, Ph.D candidate in Material Science, Lehigh University
B.S. in Polymer Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology
E-mail: yiw716@lehigh.edu

Yi Wang is a PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering department at Lehigh. She graduated from Beijing University of Chemical Technology with a bachelor degree in Polymer Science and Engineering. Her primary research interest lies on biopolymers for diagnosis and therapy applications. And she is currently working on biomechanism study of a blood clotting factor vWF using atomic level force detector. The understanding of vWF behavior would allow better therapeutic methods for thrombus and further design of drug delivery system.

Chuqiao Dong, Ph.D. candidate, vonWillebrand Factor co-advising researcher

3rd year, Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering

Chuqiao Dong is a 3rd year Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering. She is currently conducting computational research on vonWillebrand Factor. In 2013 she volunteered at Memorial Hall of Revoluationary Leaders Inspection of Heilongjiang  where she conducted simulation and experimental research for suspension and transmission of ultrasonic standing wave and temperature compensation technology of quasi distributed Fiber Bragg Grating.

Michael Morabito, vonWillebrand Factor co-advising researcher

3rd year, Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering

Michael Morabito is a 3rd year Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering. She is currently conducting computational research on vonWillebrand Factor.


Alumni 

 

Steven Bach
M.S. Bioengineering, Lehigh University
Associate Scientist, Lake Pharma, California

 

Xiang Gao
M.S. Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S. Mechanical Engineering and Biomechanics, Lehigh University

Industrial Engineer, Beijing Embraco Snowflake Compressor Company Limited, Beijing 

 

Chenyu Wu, Graduate Student

Wei Zhang, Graduate Student
Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University
Data Scientist, Verizon

Andrew Sgarlato, Undergraduate Student
B.S. Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Client Success Lead, Managed Markets Insight & Technology, Greater Philadelphia Area

 

Katherine Vojir
M.S. Engineering/Industiral Management, Pennsylvania State University-Great Valley Graduate Center
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Lehigh University
Project Manager, Precision Medical Products, Inco.