Group Members

    Group Leader

    Hongbo Zhang received his Bachelor´s degree in biology from Fudan University and PhD degree in Pharmacy from University of Helsinki (UH, December, 2012) and did his Postdoc in Harvard University. In 2016, he was appointed as Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU) and he became Associate Professor in 2018. He is Academy of Finland Postdoc Fellow between 2016-2019 and Research Fellow between 2019-2024. He is also a docent in Pharmaceutical Technology in UH. His research focus is functional Materials in biomedical applications and their potential in clinical translations.

    Postdoctoral Researchers

    Jixiang Wang

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Zhang Lab, Biocity 2nd floor [at]

    Xiaoyu Xu

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Zhang Lab, Biocity 2nd floor

    xiaoyu.xu [at]

    Doctoral Candidates

    Yu Chen

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    yu.chen [at]

    Xiwen Geng

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    xiwen.geng [at]

    Wali Inam

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    wali.inam [at]

    Oliver Koivisto

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    oliver.koivisto [at]

    Chang Liu

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    chang.liu [at]

    Xiaodong Ma

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab, Biocity 2nd floor [at]

    Dhayakumar Prakash

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    drajanpr [at]

    Yonghui Wang

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab [at]

    Jiaqi Yan

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    jiaqi.yan [at]

    Yu Zhang

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    yu.zhang [at]

    Wenhui Zhou

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    wenhui.zhou [at]

    Co-supervised Doctoral Candidates

    Marco Mennillo

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    marco.mennill [at]

    Sepideh Parvanian

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    sepideh.parvanian [at]; sepideh.parvanian [at]


    I received my Master’s degree in Genetic Engineering from the National Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (Tehran, Iran) in 2013. I worked in the biopharmaceutical industry for six years in up-stream bioprocess and R&D, and also as an internal auditor and monoclonal antibody API supervisor. I came to Finland in March 2017 as a Research Assistant to work on vesicular compartments in bone-resorbing osteoclasts, as a member of the EU-funded EUROCLAST project (Marie Curie ESR) at the University of Turku. I joined Erikson's Lab in June 2018 as a PhD student. My research focuses on novel fundamental insights on the role of fibrotic-derived extracellular vesicles in myofibroblasts heterogeneity and mechanism of fibrosis.

    Research interests

    • Extracellular Vesicles • Wound healing • Biopharmaceutical manufacturing

    Diosangeles Soto Veliz

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    diosangeles.sotoveliz [at]

    Feng Zhang

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    feng.zhang [at]

    Undergraduate Students

    Every year, we supervised 5+ Master thesis work/summer student/project workers and we also provide lab training courses (5-15 credits based on working hours). We are open to host everyone who are interested with our projects.

    Visiting Researchers

    Prof. Sergey Filippov, Harvard, USA (2019-2021)


    Cassandre Rouanet, thesis worker, Institut Universitaire Technologique Génie Biologique of Laval/Erasmus, France (2021)​

    Brajesh Shrestha, MSc thesis worker, ÅAU (2020-2021)

    Assoc. Prof. Junnian Zhou, Visiting Professor, China (2019-2021)

    Assoc. Prof. Yong Guo, Visiting Professor, China (2019-2021)

    Assoc. Prof. Ye Liang, Visiting Professor, China (2019-2020)

    Assoc. Prof. You Zhou, Visiting Scholar, China (2019-2020)

    Dr. Yulong Han, Visiting Scholar, Harvard/MIT (2019-2020)

    Tzu-Chen Rautio, MSc thesis worker, UTU (2019-2021)

    Doroteja Bednjanec, MSc thesis worker, ÅAU (2019-2021)

    Deependra Yadav, MSc thesis worker, UTU (2019-2021)

    Dado Tokic, MSc thesis worker, UTU/Drug Disovery & Development (2019-2020)

    Wanping He, Msc thesis worker, China (2018-2019)

    Laura Leenesonne, MSc thesis worker, Ghent University/Erasmus, Belgium (2019)​

    Ahmed Hassan Ibrahim, Department of Pharmaceutics and Industrial Pharmacy, Al-Azhar University, Egypt (2018-2019)

    ​​Abrar Taiseer, MSc thesis worker,  UTU/Drug Disovery & Development MSc programme (2018-2019)

    Mariam Gouda, MSc thesis worker, UTU/Drug Disovery & Development MSc programme (2018-2019)

    Alexandra Manea, MSc thesis worker, UTU/Drug Disovery & Development MSc programme (2018-2019)

    Associate Prof. Ming Ma, China (2018)

    Associate Prof. Yuezhou Zhang, China (2016-2018)

    Tanzeela Bashir, Intership, Oulu University (2018)

    Rukiye Nur Akpolat, Intership, Turkey (2018)

    Minghua Yao, Tongji University Affiliated Hospital, China (2018)

    Korbinian Weisensee, MSc thesis worker, Germany (2017-2018)

    Shahadat Hossain, Research Assistant (2017-2018)

    Jing Tu, postdoc, the Netherlands/China (2017-2018)

    Bram Bogaert, MSc thesis worker, Ghent, Belgium (2017)