Dr. Zhang earned her PhD (with Magna Cum Laude) from Kaiserslautern University of Technology in Germany with a full PhD scholarship from Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM in Germany.
She received her MSc in Financial Mathematics (with 1.0 overall grade, the top grade in the German system) from Kaiserslautern University of Technology in Germany. During her PhD study, Dr. Zhang studied Economics at the University of Edinburgh (UK). Dr. Zhang also studied MBA and received a Post Graduate Certificate in Management from the University of East Anglia (UK).
Before studying abroad, Dr. Zhang received her first MSc in Mathematics Education and BSc in Mathematics from Central China Normal University.
Before joining UIC in 2020, Dr. Zhang worked at University of Leicester (UK), University of Munich (Germany), Nottingham University Business School (China) and University of Glasgow (UK). She also worked as a Post-doc researcher in Economics at the University of St. Andrews (UK).