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Journal of Nanobiotechnology Trailblazer Award 2021

Liangfang Zhang, PhD, UC San Diego, USA

“For outstanding contributions to creating and advancing biomimetic nanotechnologies for drug delivery and biological neutralization to improve human health”

Biography: Liangfang Zhang is Joan and Irwin Jacobs Chancellor Professor of Nanoengineering and Bioengineering and Director of Chemical Engineering Program at UC San Diego. Dr. Zhang received his B.E. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, and his Ph.D. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from UIUC in 2006 under the supervision of Prof. Steve Granick. He was a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Prof. Robert Langer at MIT during 2006-2008. He joined UC San Diego as an Assistant Professor in 2008 and was promoted to Professor in 2014. Dr. Zhang’s research aims to create cutting-edge biomimetic nanotechnologies and exploit them for various biomedical applications with a particular focus on biomimetic nanodelivery, countermeasure nanotherapeutics, and vaccine nanotechnology. He has published 240 peer-reviewed articles and was among the Clarivate Analytics list of “Highly Cited Researcher” during 2017-2021. He is an inventor of 114 patents and patent applications worldwide. Professionally, Dr. Zhang was elected to the Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2015, the Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2018, and the Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in 2020.

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