Jian Zhang, PhD, Founder and CEO
Jian was born in China and was fascinated by chemistry and biology in high school. In 2005 he came to the U.S. to pursue his independent postdoctoral research at Colorado State University in the area of Chemical Biology. He became very interested in one type of biological molecule called carbohydrates or glycans. In 2009 he moved his career from academia to the industry. From 2009 to 2013, he held various industrial positions from carbohydrate synthesis to microarray development. Dr. Zhang is an experienced biomedical research scientist and has been awarded multiple Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants. In 2013, he founded Z Biotech, LLC to offer academic and industrial organizations highly advanced glycan microarray products and analytical services. He has great passion to take entrepreneurial initiative, create new business ventures by raising resources, and apply innovative ideas to solve problems and meet the needs of the glycoscience market.
Xi Chen, PhD, Director of R&D
As a scientist, and business profession, Dr. Xi Chen leads the daily R&D operations of Z Biotech. He has mapped an affordable new path to bringing products and services to market that are truly unique. He actively participates with the marketing council to assure there is a solid alignment of market need and product direction and development; learning from today to lead the market of tomorrow. Dr. Chen earned his Ph.D. in cancer biology, with a concentration on cancer stem cell biology. His knowledge base is solidly founded in science with accompanying marketing, finance and leadership capabilities to round out the package.
Chelsea Harris, MS, Production Manager
Chelsea has always been interested in the overlap between engineering and the life sciences. This led her to complete her B.S. Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology in 2015 from the University of Virginia, during which she led an independent research project which gave her a solid foundation in experimental design and laboratory skills. She then went on to complete her M.S. Chemical Engineering at Auburn University in 2017, and successfully defended a thesis focused on developing a nanoparticle for the treatment of chronic pain. This propelled her into a role as a Researcher in a hospital setting, where she gained knowledge in the fields of Genetics and Immunology and contributed to four publications. With a variety of engineering and scientific research experience, Chelsea is excited to now contribute to Z Biotech’s team as Production Manager.
Ashley Blomdahl, BS, Lab Assistant
Ashley is originally from Kansas City, Missouri; there she attended Rockhurst University. After completing her Bachelors in Molecular Biology, she was eager to learn and start working in the industry. She’s always been interest in working in a laboratory setting and enjoying science. Ashley is focusing on Z Biotech’s online marketing, website design and maintenance, microarray production and quality control, and lab facility and equipment maintenance.