Group Members

    Group leader

    Hongbo Zhang, Tenure Track Associate Professor
    Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory, Åbo Akademi University
    Email: hzhang [at]

    Contact information

    Turku Bioscience P.O. Box 123, BioCity
    (Street addr. Tykistökatu 6 B)
    FIN-20521 Turku, Finland
    Tel: +358 2 215 4141

    Postdoctoral Researchers

    Jixiang Wang

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Zhang Lab, Biocity 2nd floor

    Xiaoyu Xu

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Zhang Lab, Biocity 2nd floor

    xiaoyu.xu [at]

    Doctoral Candidates

    Wali Inam

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    wali.inam [at]

    Oliver Koivisto

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    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

    Jiaqi Yan

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    jiaqi.yan [at]

    Wenhui Zhou

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    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)


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

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

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

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

    Dr. Yulong Han, 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, 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)