Staff profile: Mr Shengbo Zhang

Staff profile: Mr Shengbo Zhang

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September 2019

Shengbo Zhang
 Mr Shengbo Zhang is completing a PhD in the
molecular immunology division at the Institute.

Mr Shengbo Zhang

PhD student

Describe your job: I study how molecules control the development of immune cells. This helps us understand where the immune cells come from and how we can potentially manipulate their functions to treat cancer and infectious diseases.

Why do you enjoy what you do? We know that immune cells can be very efficient in protecting us from diseases but there is still so much to learn about the mechanisms behind this. I am motivated by the fact that my research has the potential to help develop new drugs that will improve health outcomes for patients.

What is your favourite thing about the Institute’s culture? The collaboration and support from my talented colleagues. I also have access to a lot of cutting-edge techniques that make my research easier and more productive.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? My hobby is singing. I have sung many songs in Chinese and now I’m learning to sing in English.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself? Concentrate on the things you like.

What has been your professional highlight so far? Studying at the Institute. 

Super Content: 
Public talk panelists

Catch up with this public talk discussing the latest research, discoveries and treatments for coeliac disease, lupus and primary immune deficiencies.

Dr Rhys Allan standing in a corridor

Institute researchers are searching for new ways to treat thunderstorm and chronic allergic asthmas by targeting the immune cells that drive asthma.

ABC Radio interview: why the body reacts the way it does when under stress from infection