Among Dr. Zhang’s research interests are genomics, clinical microbiomics and precision medicine. Prior to his role with the PacGenomics, he was a full time research faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As a recognized expert and leader in the fields of molecular diagnostics and cancer biomarker research, he has repeatedly received awards and grants due to the extraordinary research. Specifically, as the Principal Investigator (PI) at UCLA, he has been working on research grants awarded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) and the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP). He has also been involved in research projects that received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Dr. Zhang earned a PhD degree in Microbiology and Molecular Biology from the University of Bremen, Germany; received his postdoctoral training at the Centre of Applied Gensensorik (CAG), University of Bremen, and UCLA.