Feng Zhang

James and Patricia Poitras Professor of Neuroscience at MIT

About the speaker

Dr Feng Zhang is a molecular biologist focused on improving human health. He played an integral role in the development of two revolutionary technologies, optogenetics and CRISPR-Cas systems, including pioneering the use of Cas9 for genome editing and discovering CRISPR-Cas12 and Cas13 systems and developing them for therapeutic and diagnostics applications.
Dr Zhang’s seminal work provided the foundation for CRISPR-based medicines, and his discoveries continue to fuel the clinical translation of CRISPR technologies. Additionally, he developed the diagnostic platform, SHERLOCK, which is being leveraged to help monitor infectious diseases, including the recent coronavirus outbreak.
Dr Zhang is a core member of the Broad Institute, an Investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, the James and Patricia Poitras Professor of Neuroscience at MIT, and a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator. He is also a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

About the lecture: The Future of Medical Innovation: Genome Editing Tools

In the first-ever webinar for Iconic Voices from MIT, join Dr Feng Zhang, a trailblazer in molecular biology, as he discusses how natural systems, like CRISPR, are being harnessed to improve human health. Dr Zhang pioneered the use of CRISPR for genome editing, a revolutionary technology that has the potential to change how we treat disease. 

Read more about the speaker and his work

CRISPR Pioneer Feng Zhang's Latest Work Delivers mRNA, Gene Therapy with a Human Protein
Yet another discovery, Professor Zhang and his team developed a new mRNA delivery system that harnesses a human protein. 

Trove of CRISPR-like Gene-Cutting Enzymes Found in Microbes
Read how Professor Zhang and researchers make a breakthrough in genome-editing research.