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Min Jee Jang, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Min Jee Jang received her BS, MS and PhD in Bio and Brain Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea. After her short postdoctoral fellowship at Korea University College Medicine in South Korea, she moved to USA and received postdoctoral training under the mentorship of Dr. Viviana Gradinaru at California Institute of Technology as a Caltech BBE Divisional Fellow and NARSAD Young Investigator. In January 2024, she will start her new position as an Assistant Professor at UIUC BIOE. 

Min has been fascinated by the fundamental question: “How does the network of individual components gives rise to complex functions?”. Her initial research interests were involved in Brain-on-a-Chip technologies, with the aim of designing and implementing simplified neural circuit models in a dish. She invented many cell patterning techniques to control neuronal growth and developed computational tools for quantitative analysis of large-scale calcium imaging data. After joining Caltech, she expanded her research into in vivo and tool development, including tissue clearing, viral vector engineering and spatial transcriptomics, and developed high-throughput in situ assays for engineered viral vectors for cell-type targeted gene delivery and therapy. With a broad range of experience and expertise, she is now pursuing a comprehensive understanding of the brain at the genetic level and the development of innovative technologies to access and manipulate genetic components in vivo for human health and disease.