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2017 Predoctoral Researchers


Kai Zhang

University of Science and Technology of China
Si Lab

There’s an old Chinese saying: If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. During his time as a Stowers predoctoral researcher, Kai Zhang hopes to become an expert fisherman in the scientific ocean.

Zhang first became interested in science during a high school genetics class. He was fascinated with the idea that a single point mutation in DNA could lead to completely different human characteristics. As he studied more, Zhang focused on what he calls the ‘biological magic’ of how animals are systematically structured by their various genes.

So, it’s no surprise that Zhang earned his BS in biological science from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei with a research specialty in genetics and transcriptional regulation.

Under the tutelage of Stowers mentors, Zhang looks forward to working toward his PhD in world-class facilities with the support and scientific freedom for which the Institute is known.

Zhang anticipates exploring Kansas City’s famous barbecue and making friends with others who are equally passionate about the biosciences. An experienced hiker, outdoorsman, and traveler in his home country of China, he wants to hike around the US.