Ru Zhang

Ru Zhang, Ph.D.

Ru's research employs cutting-edge technologies in green algae
and higher plants to study how photosynthetic organisms
respond to their environment, with the ultimate goal
to engineer more efficient and robust photosynthesis for
improved agriculture production and biomass accumulation.

Dr. Ru Zhang, Principal Investigator

Assistant Member, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, beginning Sep 2016
Postdoc, Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science, 2010-2016
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD, 2009
Nankai University, China, BS, 2005

Research Team


Will McHargue

Position:  Laboratory Technician, Laboratory Manager

Education:   University of Missouri, Columbia
                         BS in Biological Engineering, 2016

About:  Will received his bachelor's degree in biological engineering (emphasizing in biomedical engineering and biophotonics) from the University of Missouri, Columbia. During his time there, he was involved with several research teams including computational ecologists, herpetologists, and R&D engineering companies. In all of these positions, much of his work focused on computational data analysis and automated data collection pipelines.  In the summer of 2015, Will participated in the Danforth Center's Summer REU Program where he worked in Doug Allen's Lab investigation carbon fixation pathways in  soybeans using isotopic labeling and mass spectrometry technologies. Will started in the Zhang Lab in November of 2016 and will be working as a lab manager and lab technician while frequently focusing on bioinformatics pipelines. 

The Zhang laboratory is current recruiting a postdoctoral researcher. If you are interested, please apply at Danforth website https://www.danforthcenter.org/about/careers