Simon Business School
Stanley Zhang

Yi (Stanley) Zhang

MS in Medical Management, Class of 2011

Research Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center

“I have a background in the science research field. I wanted to combine the knowledge of science with real world needs and medical demands. The Simon education will prepare me to understand the common language of business as well as have a broad view or forecast of medical needs.”

Yi (Stanley) Zhang knew he wanted to be on the cutting edge of medical research. After completing his undergraduate degree in physiology and life sciences at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and a PhD in molecular cell biology from the National University of Singapore, he went on to complete his research training at Yale University. While he was at Yale, Stanley’s mentor in the research lab inspired him by making a medical discovery that is now FDA approved. Stanley wants to take that same path in his career.

In 2007, Stanley joined the University of Rochester Medical Center faculty as a research assistant professor in the department of pathology and lab medicine. He started the Simon’s Medical Management program in 2009. In 2010, Stanley was awarded a stem cell research grant from New York Stem Cell Sciences (NYSTEM) as a principal investigator, and was promoted to research associate professor while in the program. “Although it’s not solely because of the program, I think it definitely helped me get the promotion,” he says.

At URMC, Stanley is co-directing a research lab that develops therapeutics for acute myeloid leukemia together with Professor Archibald Perkins, MD, PhD. The research lab is funded by NIHR01, Department of Defense grant and two New York Stem Cell Board grants, in which Stanley is either a principal investigator or co-investigator. Stanley is using the skills he gained at Simon to improve management of the lab. “I would encourage all of my colleagues to get a Simon education, especially the Medical Management program. They will get a broad view of how to analyze real world needs in the medical field, and how to set up a common language with business people who will support their research,” he says.

Stanley says his Simon experience was so wonderful, he plans to enroll in the Accelerated Professional MBA program (PMBA) in fall 2012. He is able to apply many of his MS credits to the additional degree.

With three children at home, Stanley says the program was manageable since most courses take place at night and on weekends. “I had a lot of support from my family and the department. The benefits of the program definitely made it worthwhile.”

Yi (Stanley) Zhang Zhang

“I wanted to combine the knowledge of science with real world needs and medical demands. Simon prepared me to understand the language of business and a broad view or forecast of medical needs.”

return hs.htmlExpand(this, {objectType: 'iframe', width: 800, height: 600, allowSizeReduction: false, wrapperClassName: 'draggable-header no-footer', preserveContent: false, objectLoadTime: 'after'}) Stanley-Zhang.jpg retCmsId= 9387
Go to the top of the page
Get more information about Simon
Apply to Simon