Scientist develops critical vaccines for human, pig diseases
Mike Zhang is helping pigs and humans breathe easier.
Zhang, a professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, is researching the development of a vaccine to combat a porcine pandemic that costs U.S. farmers as much as $560 million per year.
The expanded lab space in the new building will be good for productivity, he said.
He also works on developing vaccines for humans, but in a vastly different endeavor that seeks to eliminate addiction to nicotine in tobacco products.
Zhang uses a nanocarrier system that can effectively present nicotine haptens to the immune system. Haptens are small molecules that elicit an immune response when attached to a larger carrier, such as a protein.
“All of my research is very different,” said Zhang. “But it all has the potential to benefit society.”