Tag: Wenheng Zhang

Plant Research in Zhang Lab Featured on VCU Home Page

A Juanuolla mexicana shrub, Solanaceae family, in Zhang's backyard.  Photo by Kevin Morley from VCU University Marketing.
A Juanuolla mexicana shrub, Solanaceae family, in Zhang’s backyard. Photo by Kevin Morley from VCU University Marketing.

Assistant Professor Wenheng Zhang, PhD, was recently featured on the VCU homepage (www.vcu.edu) along with her graduate students, Farahnoz Khojayori, Joon Kim, & Ghadeer Bukhari, and her postdoctoral fellow Jingbo Zhang, for their research efforts in plant evolution and development.

Zhang’s lab & research website can be found at https://plantevodevo.bio.vcu.edu/index.html

Full Article: “Flower Power – VCU biologists use developmental clues from plants to unlock secrets of evolution in the natural world.” by Leah Small in VCU Public Affairs.

Wenheng Zhang named 2018 Biology Faculty of the Year

From the left, Ghadeer Bukhari, Wenheng Zhang, Joonseog Kim, Jingbo Zhang, Farahnoz Khojayori
From the left: Ghadeer Bukhari, Wenheng Zhang, Joonseog Kim, Jingbo Zhang, Farahnoz Khojayori

VCU Biology is thrilled to announce the 2018 Faculty of the Year: Wenheng Zhang!

Wenheng Zhang, PhD is a renaissance person who with sophistication, precision, humility, immense passion, and extending benevolence inspires her students everyday. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses, Zhang has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students as an Independent Study, Directed Study, thesis, dissertation, and postdoctoral supervisor. Her major accomplishments include identifying a new rheophytic orchid species, attaining ongoing funding from the National Science Foundation, and publishing in major journals such as PNAS and American Journal of Botany. Her research utilizes evolutionary developmental techniques to elucidate on plant morphologies that have daunted botanists for centuries, causing journals to seek her opinion.

Zhang was awarded the 2018 Faculty of the Year at the 2018 GOBS & ILSSO Picnic.  Her name has been placed on the ‘Faculty of the Year’ plaque displayed outside of the VCU Biology main office and she also received a personal plaque.

The picnic was hosted by the Graduate Organization of Biology Students and the Integrative Life Sciences Student Organization.

Nature Magazine interviews Biology faculty member

Flowering Plants Blooming

Assistant Professor Wenheng Zhang was interviewed in an article by Nature: International Journal of Science about the anatomy of the first flower to appear on the planet.  Zhang, an expert in the evolution and development of plants, gave input and perspective in the ongoing debate about the first flowering plant in the world.

Article: “Debate blooms over the anatomy of the world’s first flower”

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