Senior Research Fellow, Griffith University, QLD
Visiting Research Fellow, University of Queensland Diamantina Institute
Zhang joined the Australian Vascular Access Teaching and Research Group after completion of her PhD 2007. Her role within this group is to lead the bacterial biofilm laboratory, and to work closely at the interface of microbiological and clinical practices.
Zhang started a NHMRC Training Clinical Research Fellowship in 2010, researching molecular techniques to examine intravascular catheters infections; the first research of its kind internationally. Zhang's research has greatly improved the understanding of catheter related infections and radically challenged beliefs about the most common bacteria on catheter surfaces. Zhang has ongoing commitment to improving knowledge for microbial biofilms and intravascular catheter related infections. Zhang have been an invited speaker for many international conferences and reviewer for a number of prestigious international journals. The program Zhang leads has attracted 10 competitive grants totalling $1.9 million over five years.