My research is focused on how we can best utilize high-throughput data sources to understand biology at multiple levels. This problem has become increasingly challenging over the past decade as new experimental techniques and resources (e.g. gene expression microarrays, deep sequencing, tandem mass spectrometry, etc.) have grown widely available and more affordable.
Zhang directs the Laboratory for Distributed Intelligent Agent Systems at Trinity University. Her research falls within Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation. Zhang is an active member of the Society for Modeling & Simulation International. She has been an Associate Editor for the Transactions of Simulation since 2009, and a program co-chair of the Agent-Directed Simulation in the Spring Simulation Multi-Conference since 2008. Since 2011, she has been the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Agent Technologies and Systems (published by IGI Global).
My personality is probably best summed up as fun-loving geek. My interests and activities largely coincide with my teaching and research activities. I love to code and I love science, especially the physical sciences. My free time blends into work time because given the opportunity, I'll often spend time coding or learning about what is going on at the cutting edge of technology and physics research. I feel that these are the main forces changing our society and shaping our future and you can see most clearly what the future will be like by seeing where these things are going.