Dr. Zhang's research focus is on developing peptide-based therapeutic agents for treatment of endocrine diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. Recent projects include chemical synthesis of virual insulin-like peptides, design and synthesis of cross-linked insulin analogs, and discovery of an insulin prodrug with new activation strategy.

Keywords: peptide chemistry; organic synthesis

Research interests: Peptide structure-activity relationships, chemical biotechnology, combinatorial peptide therapeutics, novel treatments for metabolic disease