Biomedical Engineering researcher Yongzhong Wang spoke to WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper about his research into a fungus that has cancer-fighting capabilities. Wang, along with Mingjun Zhang, an associate professor of biomedical engineering, discovered that nanoparticles produced by A. oligospora, a fungus that eats roundworm, hold promise for stimulating the immune system and killing tumors.
Arthrobotrys oligospora doesn’t live a charmed life; it survives on a diet of roundworm. But a discovery by a team led by Mingjun Zhang, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, could give the fungus’s life more purpose—as a cancer fighter.
Whirligig beetles are named for their whirling movement on top of water, moving rapidly in and taking off into flight. While many may have found the movements curious, scientists have puzzled over the apparatus behind their energy efficiency—until now, thanks to a study performed by a team led by Mingjun Zhang, associate professor of mechanical,
The BBC featured the research of the sun dew plant by Mingjun Zhang, associate professor of mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering. The sundew plant is covered in a sticky adhesive which Zhang’s research has shown may be suitable for a variety of cutting-edge medical procedures, including tissue engineering and chronic wound healing.
Mingjun Zhang, associate professor of mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering, has received more than $168,000 from the US Department of Defense to buy equipment to advance his nanoparticle research. Zhang is known for looking to nature for inspiration in addressing technical challenges.
College kudos: Get to know Associate Professor Ben Blalock, Assistant Professor Claudia Rawn, and Professor Mingjun Zhang from the College of Engineering.