The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Paul Berg Early Career Professor of Chemistry Xin Zhang has been promoted to associate professor with tenure.
“We couldn’t be happier for Xin,” notes Department of Chemistry Head Phil Bevilacqua, “He has excelled in all areas of being a professor—research, teaching and service. Xin is a true scholar and we are fortunate to have him as our colleague.”
Zhang came to Penn State in 2015 as an Assistant Professor and has since established a cutting-edge research lab that focuses on the intersection between chemistry and biology. The group aspires to tackle important biological questions by developing and applying novel chemical tools. In particular, they examine protein misfolding and aggregation that occurs in stressed cells with deficient proteostasis; these molecular events have been associated with a variety of diseases that are termed as protein misfolding diseases.
Recently, Zhang’s academic achievements have been honored with the Pew Biomedical Scholarship, the Scialog Fellowship, Sloan Research Fellowship, an NSF CAREER award, the CAPA Distinguished Junior Faculty Award, and the Lloyd and Dottie Huck Early Career Award.
Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State, Zhang was a postdoctoral research associate at the Scripps Research Institute. He earned his PhD at the California Institute of Technology.