The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is proud to have graduate students across the University of Iowa

Graduate Student Spotlight

   As a native of Shijiazhuang city, Hebei province in China, Zishan Zhang’s undergraduate studies took her to Hebei University of Science and Technology, where she graduated in 2014 with a BS in Biological Science. Having lost both grandparents to cancer, Zishan began to develop an interest in cancer research. 

     After completing her undergraduate studies, Zishan earned an MS degree in Integrated Biosciences from the University of Minnesota – Duluth in 2018. Zishan joined the Molecular Medicine graduate program at the University of Iowa in the fall of 2018 where she is in the labs of Holden members (program affiliation: Cancer Genes and Pathways), Michael Tomasson, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, and Melissa Bates, Ph.D., Department of Health and Human Physiology. In the Tomasson and Bates labs, Zishan is investigating the effect of chronic intermittent hypoxia on the bone marrow macrophages.
     The next step for Zishan will be to enroll in a postdoctoral program in order to open her own laboratory and become a principal investigator.

Break a leg, Zishan! We’re proud of you!