Zhang ’22 to Present Research at TechConnect World Innovation Conference

Hutchins Scholar Lauren Zhang ’22 has been selected as the youngest speaker to present research at the international TechConnect World Innovation Conference. She will share her work, Design of Gold Nanorod Based Nanosensors for Circulating Tumor DNA Screening, in the Nanomedicine sector. Zhang worked on the project with fellow Lawrentian Amogha Tadimety ’10. Pandemic conditions permitting, the conference will be held in Austin, Texas on June 14-16, 2021.
The conference receives hundreds of thousands of submissions from universities worldwide. Only a handful of scientists are invited to attend the conference, and out of those invited, only a few are chosen to present a speech. Zhang’s invitation represents the international recognition of innovation amongst some of the most accomplished scientists worldwide. Her work will be evaluated alongside that of professors, post-graduate researchers, and medical professionals.
“Needless to say, I am humbled to be invited to this conference at such a young age and grateful that I have this wonderful opportunity to learn from such a diverse group of scientists,” said Zhang. “I really hope that this recognition will be a step forward for my future aspirations in advancing medicine and biotechnological innovation.”
She continues to broaden her research, hoping to find new ways to detect cancer earlier to improve patient outcomes. The nanosensor technology can also be adapted to detect genetic disorders and infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Zhang looks forward to working this summer with Seung K. Kim in his lab’s pioneering research at the Stanford University Department of Developmental Biology and Medicine.  (Lawrenceville - via the Molecular Genetics class - has partnered with Kim’s lab for several years. Click here to watch a video on the course.)
Other honors for Zhang include the U.S Air Force Laboratory Award and the American Meteorological Society Outstanding Achievement Award. Both commend strong research presentations and demonstrate the interest these organizations have in her work.
For additional information, please contact Lisa M. Gillard Hanson, director of Public Relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.

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