Yun Zhang

Yun Zhang

Graduate Student

Biography

I am an international student from Beijing, China. I received my B.A. degree from Wheaton College (Massachusetts) in 2019 with a major in Biochemistry and a minor in Computer Science. My undergraduate thesis project focused on studying the effect of HE4 protein on epithelial ovarian cancer progression using zebrafish embryos. I joined the PIBS program initially as a Biochemistry student and I switched to Cancer Biology at the end of my PIBS year. In my free time, I enjoy playing piano, sending/receiving postcards, collecting stamps, baking, and geocaching.

Research Interests

My research focuses on characterizing and targeting therapeutic resistance in esophageal adenocarcinoma. This project aims to study mechanisms of inherent treatment resistance in esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) and to explore agent or interventional strategies to enhance therapeutic efficacy for improved patient outcomes.

Techniques Used

Cell culture, Bioinformatics, and Immunoblotting

Abstracts

Zhang, Y., Weh, K., Howard, C., Lagisetty, K., McEwen, D., Lin, J., … Kresty, L. A. (2021). Abstract 1418: Proanthocyanidins enhance chemotherapy-induced esophageal adenocarcinoma cell death. XXX International Conference on Polyphenols.

Zhang, Y., Weh, K., Howard, C., Lagisetty, K., McEwen, D., Lin, J., … Kresty, L. A. (2021). Abstract 1418: Proanthocyanidins enhance chemotherapy-induced esophageal adenocarcinoma cell death. AACR Annual Meeting 2021. Philadelphia, PA

Awards

2018 American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Physical Chemistry
2019 Tri-Beta Biological Sciences Honor Society Award

Diversity Ambassador

International Student