Dr. Yunlan Zhang is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. She received her PhD and MS degrees in civil engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana, USA, and her BS in civil engineering from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, USA. After graduating with her PhD, she worked as a research engineer at Purdue University. Her research interests include architected materials, smart materials, deployable structures, and bioinspired materials. She combines her knowledge of structures and materials to create novel structures that vary from deployable medical devices to resilient infrastructures. She enjoys working with students just as much as conducting novel research.