Wei Zhang receives College of Agricultural Sciences 2010 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award
Posted: October 18, 2010
Zhang's research focuses on food safety microbiology, bacterial stress response, genomics and pathogenesis. He has published in top scientific journals and has received international recognition for his research on the genomics of foodborne pathogens, which have led to better methods for tracking and controlling pathogens and identifying disease outbreaks. His federal research support has topped $3 million dollars since 2006.
A member of the American Society for Microbiology, Zhang has served on several review panels, including the National Research Council of the National Academies and the European Union's Transnational Funding and Research Initiative.
He has received numerous honors, such as the Developing Scientist Award from the International Association of Food Protection and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Zhang, who earned his doctorate in Food Science from Penn State in 2004, resides in Hinsdale with his wife, Lily, and son, Richard.