Photo of me at WVH

Jennings Zhang

Research Software Developer II @ Boston Children's Hospital jennydaman Matrix Résumé

Currently applying for Ph.D. programs!

Welcome to my personal website. Its content is a superset of my résumé, plus a sprinkle of ✨personality✨. The tone of writing becomes more and more casual going down the page.



My publications can be found on Pubmed. They are mostly about the human fetal subplate zone, a subcortical structure relevant to neuronal migration during brain development. I am also a frequent attendee of the OHBM international conference where I usually talk about ChRIS. Here are some of my posters:

Research interests: first and foremost, I am a proponent of open science, open data, and interoperability. I am exclusively interested in research that is open. My career goals are to explore the role of open-source software in medicine and research.

My current focus is on neuroinformatics and computational medicine, though everything computer science and biology pique my interest. In the past I have dabbled with cancer genomics, bacterial meta-'omics, and comparative scRNA-seq.

Some of my active projects:

  • The ChRIS Research Integration System
  • Fetal brain MRI volume reconstruction pipeline
  • Fetal brain surface mesh extraction
    • White matter surface extraction using marching-cubes
    • Gyrification index-dependent mesh deformation to inner subplate surface
    • Fetal brain MRI surface extraction pipeline


  • Rust is my favorite programming language. I use Python and TypeScript out of necessity, with more type hints than practical.
  • I use Linux extensively at work and at home. My personal computers and servers run Arch Linux.

Thoughts on Computer Programming

  • FP and PL poser. Immutability and ADTs are good, but what's category theory?
  • Signs that you're a good programmer, and signs that you're a bad programmer
  • Quote: Design doesn't have to be new, but it has to be good. Research doesn't have to be good, but it has to be new. -- Paul Graham
  • Meme: Tech “enthusiasts”: “I love my smart home and wearables!” Programmers / Engineers: The most recent piece of technology I own is from 2004.
    The original text reads... (click to expand) (Link) “The most recent piece of technology I own is a printer from 2004 and I keep a loaded gun ready to shoot it if it ever makes an unexpected noise.” However, (A) guns have no place in a modern society, (B) neither do printers.


  • I am learning Wing Chun kung fu. Specifically, Gulao village Pin Sun a.k.a. “turning style” Wing Chun. Please be my training buddy! (I'm willing to commute 1hr near Malden or Boston to come practice with or teach you.)
  • Sailing is fun too, I have a red rating at Community Boating.
  • Montréal is my favorite city and I hope to live there someday.