中国工程院院士，四川大学教授，国际生物材料科学与工程学会联合会主席，国家食品药品监督管理总局（CFDA）医疗器械分类技术委员会执委会主任委员。于国内率先开展生物活性材料研究，研发出生物活性人工骨、涂层、涂层牙种植体和人工髋关节、骨诱导人工骨等产品，获6项CFDA产品注册证。发现材料可诱导骨、软骨等组织形成，提出“组织诱导性生物材料（Tissue Inducing Biomaterials）”，即无生命的生物材料可诱导有生命的组织和器官再生或形成，开拓了生物材料发展的新方向。1996年获国家科技进步二等奖，2007年国家自然科学二等奖；2007年当选中国工程院院士，2014年当选美国国家工程院外籍院士。
Xingdong Zhang is a professor of Sichuan University, and President of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUSBSE), and Honorary President of the Chinese Society for Biomaterials (CSBM).
His research focuses on biomaterials and implantable medical devices for musculoskeletal system. In 1983, he was the first in China to research and develop hydroxyapatite ceramics and related synthetic bone grafts. In 1987, he was the first in China to design and develop titanium dental implants and total hip replacements with plasma-sprayed hydroxyapatite coatings. He was one of the pioneers in the world to find and confirm that porous calcium phosphates ceramics can induce bone formation in 1991. To date, three companies founded by him have obtained six Registration Certificates for Medical Devices issued by the China Food and Drug Administration. 20 series of products with over 200 different specifications have been commercialized and applied to dozens of thousand cases in near 1000 Chinese hospitals.
Prof. Zhang has numerous honors and awards. He is a Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Foreign Member of the National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the IUSBSE and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, winner of National Natural Science Award of China, National Science and Technology Progress Award of China, Outstanding Contribution Award of Science and Technology of Sichuan Province, Sharma Award from the Society for Biomaterials and Artificial Organs (India), Hashiguchi Lungi Fund Award (Japan), and Outstand Contribution Award (CSBM), and the 2015 Clemson Award for Applied Research (US), etc.
Research areas: Biomaterials and implantable medical devices for musculoskeletal system