I joined the Princess Máxima Center as a basic researcher and pediatrician in training in June 2018. My primary research interest lies in understanding the molecular biology of pediatric soft tissue sarcomas (STS) and to use that knowledge to develop new treatment options for patients suffering from these tumors. To this end, I study establishment procedures for novel preclinical models of pediatrist STS (i.e., tumor organoid models) as well as bulk and single-cell genomics of these tumors. I am furthermore member of the molecular tumor board of the Dutch iTHER as well as the German INFORM pediatric precision medicine trial.
My hobbies include sports (running, bootcamp) and gaming (board games, tabletop role-playing games, video games). I am the proud father of a boy and a girl.
Hello! My name is Daniel Zhang and I’m joining the Drost lab as a Fulbright Scholar from the United States. I previously trained in the lab of Tyler Jacks at MIT helping to develop robust mouse and organoid models of colorectal cancer. I’m excited to take this training to the Maxima Center, where I’ll be developing malignant rhabdoid tumor (MRT) T-lymphocyte co-culture systems in hopes of finding therapeutic vulnerabilities of the disease.
Outside of research, I love listening to music, playing sports, and exploring new places.