NYSCF — Robertson Investigator Feng Zhang Elected To American Academy Of Arts And Sciences


This week, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced 213 new members, including NYSCF — Robertson Investigator Feng Zhang, PhD. Dr. Zhang was elected into the Academy’s section for neurosciences, cognitive sciences, and behavioral biology. He is currently a core member at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as well as a professor of neuroscience and biological engineering at MIT.

Dr. Zhang was inducted for his groundbreaking work in neuroscience and bioengineering. A pioneer in his field, Dr. Zhang spearheaded the development of CRISPR, a revolutionary technology that can locate and edit sections of the genome. He is also known for his work in optogenetics, a technique that allows researchers to control cell activity using light.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences was established in 1780 and serves as one of the nation’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers. The academy convenes leaders from diverse areas of study to address global issues and put forth effective solutions. Previous members include George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Toni Morrison, and Albert Einstein, among many others.

Congratulations, Dr. Zhang!

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