Yuran Zhang is a PhD candidate at the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. Her research explores the use of novel tracer technologies, especially the application of molecular microbiology techniques, for better characterization of the subsurface.

Honors & Awards

  • Henry J. Ramey Jr. Fellowship Award for Outstanding Research, Stanford University (2019)
  • GRC Graduate Scholarship Award, Geothermal Resources Council (2018)
  • GRC Best Presentation Award, Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting (2015)

Education & Certifications

  • Ph.D., Stanford University, In progress
  • Certificate, Strategies and Techniques for Analyzing Microbial Population Structures (STAMPS) Summer Course, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, USA (2018)
  • M.S., Stanford University (2015)
  • B.S., China University of Mining & Technology, Beijing (2013)

Stanford Advisors

Work Experience

  • Research Intern, Idaho National Laboratory (June 2015 - September 2015)


    Idaho Falls, ID, USA

  • Consultant, Geothermal Science Inc (June 2016 - September 2016)


    Tustin, CA, USA

All Publications

  • Microbial Community Composition in Deep‐Subsurface Reservoir Fluids Reveals Natural Interwell Connectivity Water Resources Research Zhang, Y., Dekas, A., Hawkins, A., Parada, A., Gorbatenko, O., Li, K., Horne, R. 2019

    View details for DOI 10.1029/2019WR025916

  • The necessity for iteration in the application of numerical simulation to EGS: Examples from the EGS Collab test bed 1 44th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering White, M., Johnson, T., Kneafsey, T., Blankenship, D., Fu, P., Wu, H., Ghassemi, A., Lu, J., Huang, H., Neupane, G., Oldenburg, C., Doughty, C., Johnston, B., Winterfeld, P., Pollyea, R., Jayne, R., Hawkins, A., Zhang, Y., Team, E. 2019
  • Stochastic modeling of a conservative tracer test for the characterization of fracture flow patterns in EGS Collab Experiment 1 53rd U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium Wu, H., Fu, P., Morris, J., Settgast, R., Ryerson, F., Mattson, E., Hawkins, A., Zhang, Y. 2019
  • Characterizing Fracture Flow in EGS Collab Experiment Based on Stochastic Modeling of Tracer Recovery 44th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Wu, H., Fu, P., Morris, J., Earl, M., Hawkins, A., Zhang, Y., Settgast, R., Ryerson, F. 2019
  • Preliminary Collab Fracture Characterization Results from Flow and Tracer Testing Efforts 44th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Mattson, E., Neupane, G., Plummer, M., Hawkins, A., Zhang, Y. 2019
  • Nano-/Microparticle Tracers for Evaluating Structures in Fractured Porous Media 43rd Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Suzuki, A., Cui, J., Zhang, Y., Li, K., Horne, R. 2018
  • DNA Barcoding for fractured reservoir analysis–an initial investigation 42nd Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Zhang, Y., Zeng, Z., Li, K., Horne, R. 2017
  • Methods for Selective Plugging of Geothermal ‘Short Circuits’ 42nd Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Plummer, M., Mattson, E., Zhang, Y., Xia, Y. 2017
  • Uniquely Identifiable DNA-Embedded Silica Nanotracer for Fractured Reservoir Characterization 41st Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Zhang, Y., Manley, T. S., Li, K., Horne, R. N. 2016
  • DNA-Encapsulated Silica Nanoparticle Tracers for Fracture Characterization Geothermal Resources Council Transactions Zhang, Y., Manley, T., Li, K., Horne, R. 2015; 39
  • Study on Calcination Process of Serpentine Mixed with Ammonium Sulfate Applied Mechanics and Materials Song, B., Zhang, Y., Di, Y., Dai, R., Zheng, S. 2013; 320
  • Study on flotation properties of emulsified diesel oil Energy Procedia Xie, W., Huang, K., Wang, D., Zhang, Y., Liu, X. 2012; 14