Shuguang Zhang, Ph.D.
Center for Biomedical Engineering Phone: 617-258-7514
Room 56-341 FAX: 617-258-0204
Massachusetts Institute of Technology E-Mail: Shuguang@MIT.EDU
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307 http://web.mit.edu/lms/www
Associate Director, Center for Biomedical Engineering, 1998-
Principal Research Scientist, 1997-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Scientist, Depart. of Biology & Center for Biomedical Engineering, 1992-1996
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
American Cancer Society Postdoc Fellow, Structural & Molecular Biology, 1988-1991.
Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, June, 1988
B.S. Biochemistry, January, 1980
Shuguang Zhang is the Associate Director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and was a recipient of Regent Fellowship and a Graduate Mentor Fellowship at UCSB. He was a past American Cancer Society Fellow at MIT. He discovered a self-assembling peptide system while working in molecular and structural biology with Alexander Rich at MIT. This serendipitous discovery was selected to be one of the fifteen research achievements over last quart century at MIT. He pursues actively on the various self-assembling peptide systems to develop a new class of biological materials including peptide matrix scaffold for tissue engineering, biological surface engineering for cell pattern formation, molecular switch, biological operating systems and surfactant peptide nanotubes. He also works on problems to gain understanding of a class of protein conformational diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and the prion diseases (mad cow disease). He holds three US patents and additional seven pending patents on the self-assembling peptide systems.
He is a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. He is member of AAAS, American Society of Biochemistry and molecular Biology, the Human Genome Organization Americas, the Protein Society, New York Academy of Sciences, The International Society for the Study of Origin of Life, and the honorary society of Sigma Xi.
Aggeli, A., Boden, N. & Zhang, S (2001) Self-assembling peptide systems in biology, engineering and medicine. Crete Meeting proceedings. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrent, The Netherlands.
Selected Scholarly papers:
Zhang, S., Holmes, T., Lockshin, C. & Rich, A. (1993), Spontaneous assembly of a self-complementary oligopeptide to form a stable macroscopic membrane. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 90, 3334-3338.
Zhang, S. & Egli, M. (1994) A hypothesis: Reciprocal information transfer between oligoribonucleotides and oligopeptides in prebiotic molecular evolution. Origins of Life & Evolution of the Biosphere 24, 495-505.
Zhang, S. & Egli, M. (1995) A proposed complementary pairing mode between single-stranded nucleic acids and b-stranded peptides: A possible pathway for generating complex biological molecules. Complexity 1, 49-56.
Zhang, S., Holmes, T., DiPersio, M., Hynes, R.O., Su, X. & Rich, A. (1995) Self-complementary oligopeptide matrices support mammalian cell attachment. Biomaterials 16, 1385-1393.
Zhang, S. & Rich, A. (1997) Direct conversion of an oligopeptide from a b-sheet to an a-helix: A Model for amyloid formation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 94, 23-28.
Zhang, S. (1999) Basic research in China, Science 283, 1850-1851.
Zhang, S., Yan, L., Altman, M., Lässle, M., Nugent, H., Frankel, F., Lauffenburger, D., Whitesides, G. & Rich, A. (1999) Biological surface engineering: A simple system for cell pattern formation Biomaterials 20, 1213-1220.
Zhang, S. & Altman, M. (1999) Peptide self-assembly in functional polymer science and engineering. Reactive and Functional Polymers 41, 91-102.
Schwartz, J. & Zhang, S. (2000) Peptide-mediate cellular delivery. Current Opinion in Molecular Therapeutics 2 162-167.
Holmes, T. Delacalle, S., Su, X., Rich, A. & Zhang, S. (2000) Extensive neurite outgrowth and active neuronal synapses on peptide scaffolds Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 97, 6728-6733.
Altman, M., Lee, P., Rich, A. & Zhang, S. (2000) Conformational behavior of ionic self-complementary peptides Protein Science 9 1095-1105.
Zhang, S. (2001) Molecular self-assembly. Encyclopedia of Materials: Science & Technology, Elsevier Science, Oxford, UK pp.5822-5829.
Zhang, S. & Altman, M. (2001) Self-assembling peptide systems in biology, engineering and medicine. Crete Meeting Proceedings (Ed. Aggeli, A., Boden, N. & Zhang, S.) Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrent, The Netherlands pp. 343-360.
Zhang, S., Altman, M., & Rich, A. (2001) Structural plasticity of peptides and proteins. Diseases of Conformation – A Compendium Ed. Katzir, E, Solomon, B & Taraboulos, A. pp.63-72.
Hamad-Schifferli, K. Schwartz, J., Santos, A., Zhang, S., & Jacobson, J. (2002) Remote electronic control of DNA hybridization through inductive heating of an attached metal nanocrystal Nature 415, 152-155.
Marini, D., Hwang, W., Lauffenburger, D. A, Zhang, S. & Roger D. Kamm (2002) Left-handed helical ribbon intermediates in the self-assembly of a beta-sheet peptide. NanoLetters 2, 295-299.
Vauthey, S. Santoso, S., Gong, H., Watson, N. & Zhang, S. (2002) Molecular self-assembly of surfactant-like peptides to form nanotubes and nanovesicles. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 99, 5355-5360.
Zhang, S. & Janciauskiene, S. (2002 Multi-functional capability of proteins: alpha1-antichymotrypsin and the correlation with Alzheimer's disease. J. Alzheimer’s Disease 4, 115-122.
Kisiday, J., Jin, M., Kurz, B., Hung, H., Semino, C., Zhang, S. & Grodzinsky, A.J. (2002) Self-assembling peptide hydrogel fosters chondrocyte extracellular matrix production and cell division: implications for cartilage tissue repair. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 99, 9996-10001.
Santoso, S., Hwang, W., Hartman, H. & Zhang, S. (2002) Self-assembly of surfactant-like peptides with variable glycine tails to form nanotubes and nanovesicles. NanoLetters 2, 687-691.
Zhang, S. (2002) Emerging biological materials through molecular self-assembly Biotechnology Advances 20, 321-339.
Zhang, S. Marini, D. & Hwang, W., Santoso, S. (2002) Design nano biological materials through self-assembly of peptide & proteins. Current opinion in Chemical Biology 6, 865-871.
Santoso, S., Vauthey, S. & Zhang, S. (2002) Structures, functions, and applications of amphiphlic peptides. Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science 7, 262-266.
Hwang, W., Marini, DM, Kamm, RD, & Zhang, S. (2003) Supramolecular structure of helical ribbons self-assembled from a beta-sheet peptide. J. Chem. Physics 118, 389-397.
Zhang, S. (2003) A questioning mind. Nature, (Lifeline interview) 421, 581.
Zhang, S. (2003) More Cinderella than ugly sister. Nature Review Genetics, 4 (April)
von Maltzahn, G., Vauthey, S., Santoso, S. & Zhang, S. (2003) Positively charged surfactant-like peptides self-assemble into nanostructures. Langmuir 19, (In press, May, 27, Cover article).
Santoso, S. & Zhang, S. (2003) Nanomaterials through molecular self-assembly. Encyclopaedia of Nanotechnology (In press).
Zhang, S. & Semino, C. (2003) Design peptide scaffold for regenerative medicine. Proceedings of Biomed 2002 on Tissue Engineering, Gene Therapy & Regenerative Medicine (In press)
Zhang, S. (2003) Building materials from bottom-up. Materials Today (In press).
Journal Referee for:
Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, USA
Nature Structural Biology
Journal of Molecular Biology
Journal of American Chemical Society
Materials Science & Engineering
Journal of Thin Films
Grant review for:
US Department of Defense
National Science Foundation
Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation, US
The Wellcome Trust, London, UK
Israel Science Foundation, Jerusalem, Israel
American Chemical Society
Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland
Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
University of Uppsala, Sweden
University of Oslo, Norway
University of Padova, Italy
University of Camerino, Italy
Freie University, Berlin, Germany
Germany, Hans-Knoll Institute, Jena, Germany
Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Roslin Insitute, Edinburg, Scotland, UK
University of Leeds, UK,
University of Sheffield, UK,
University of York, UK,
CNRS/Gif-sur-Yvett, Paris, France
UNITE INSERM, Paris, France,
The Weizmann Institute, Israel,
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel,
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel,
Osaka University, Japan,
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
University of Tokyo, Japan
University of Kyoto, Japan
Japan International Center of Medical Science, Tokyo
Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
Osaka National Research Institute, Ikeda, Japan
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Qinghua University, Beijing, China,
Beijing University, China,
Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China
Sichuan University, China,
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
MIT, Cambridge, MA
Harvard University, MA,
Harvard Medical School, MA
Tufts University, Medford, MA
Tufts University Medical School, Boston, MA
Boston University, Boston, MA
California Institute of Technology, CA
Stanford University, CA
Scripps Research Institute, CA
University of California-San Francisco, CA
University of California -Santa Barbara, CA
University of California Davis, CA
University of Washington, Seattle, WA,
University of Toronto, Canada,
University of Waterloo, Canada,
Naval Research Labs, Washington, DC.
Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, CA
Johnson & Johnson, NJ
Du Pont, & Co., Wilmington, DE
Hercules, Inc., Wilmington, DE
Institute of Human Virology, Baltimore, MD
BioWhittaker, Walkersville, MD
Biosurface Technology, Cambridge,
Convatec, Chester, UK,
Convatec, Skillman, NJ, USA
Beckton-Dickinson, Bedford, MA
Acorda Therapeutics, NY
EngeneOS, Waltham, MA
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp., Yokohama, Japan
Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Osaka, Japan
Menicon, LTD, Nagoya, Japan
Teijin, Ltd. Hino, Tokyo, Japan
Peptide Engineering Symposium, Ikeda, Japan
Peptide Science & Technology, Kyoto, Japan
Perspective in Protein Engineering, Montpelier, France
Perspective in Protein Engineering, Norwich, UK
Condensed Soft Matter Symposium, Tel Aviv, Israel
Active & Functional Biopolymers Symposium, Jerusalem, Israel
The Era of Biotechnology, Beer Sheva, Israel
Materials Research Society, Boston, MA
Stem Cell & Progenitors: Biology and Applications, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Engineering Tissue Growth International Conference, Pittsburgh, PA
The Frontier of Biomaterials, University of Delaware, Wilmington, DE
Fourth World Congress on Brian Injury, Torino, Italy
Self-assembly: The Future, Massa Marittima, Italy
Self-assembling peptides & proteins in biology, medicine & engineering, Crete, Greece
American Chemical Society Symposium, Biotechnology Section, Boston 2002
Third Conference on Regenerative Medicine, Washington, DC. 2002