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"Diving into the microfluidic world for biomedical applications is like playing in the Legolands --- combining developed technology at your disposal to achieve a masterpiece of medical device"

Academic background

Xichen Zhang received his BSc. in Applied Chemistry from Wuhan University (China) in 2009 and MSc. in Nanomedicine from Newcastle University (UK) in 2010. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D. in the Netherlands, he worked as a Project officer in Nanyang Technological Univerisity (Singapore) and carried out the research in developing novel drug screening platforms for breast cancer treatment.

In 2012, he joined Medical Cell Biophysics group at University of Twente (NL) as a Ph.D. candidate. After obtaining his Ph.D. in biotechnology, he continued his research as a Postdoc in the same group. His research at Twente focused on developing image-based cell counting technology in microfluidic devices featured with on-chip sample preparation for versatile applications including point-of-care blood diagnostics, veterinary testing, and quality control of brewery fermentation. In 2017, he started to work as an Assay development engineer in Philips Handheld Diagnostics and was involved in the development of a point-of-care hematology analyzer prototype.

Since March 2018, he has been working as a Postdoc in a joint project (RegMed Kidney Moonshot) between Microsystems group and Soft Tissue Engineering & Mechanobiology group at TU/e.

Research profile

Xichen Zhang's current line of research concerns the construction of a bioengineered kidney as a regenerative medicine approach. The first stage starts with the development of an on-chip kidney interaction model via microfluidic technique to gain fundamental understanding in nephrons, microscopic functional units of kidney.


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