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Yuliang Zhao, PhD

Full Affiliate Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


Dr. Yuliang Zhao earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Science from the Tokyo Metropolitan University in 1999. He held faculty appointments at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing before becoming a member of Houston Methodist Research Institute in 2011. Dr. Zhao also holds adjunct faculty appointments at Peking University (Beijing), the Medical School of Jilin University (Changchun), and Sichuan University (Chengdu).

As the the founder and Director of CAS Key Lab for Biomedical Effects of Nanomaterials & Nanosafety, he directs a research program that is developing a new generation of cancer chemotherapeutics using low-toxic nanoparticles. Dr. Zhao has also been a member of nine study sections and review boards in China and Europe. He is the founder and Director of Research Center for Cancer Nanotechnology at Tianjin Cancer Hospital in China. He has served as the Associate Editor and editorial board member of seven scientific research journals since 2006.

Description of Research

Dr. Zhao's research program focuses on nanotoxicology, cancer nanotechnology, and nanochemistry. He is developing molecular dynamics modeling for designing low-toxic nanosurfaces for cancer nanotechnology applications, and for lowering the toxicity of nanomaterials in living systems. A major aim of his research is to understand the mechanisms of nanotoxicity of engineered nanoparticles in vivo. In addition, a major research goal is to characterize the structure-function relationships between the tumor microenvironment (like extracellular matrices) and engineered nanoparticles that inhibit tumor growth and metastasis. Dr. Zhao's research team at CAS collaborates with Dr. Mauro Ferrari, Dr. Ye "Tony" Hu and other faculty members of the Department of Nanomedicine at the Research Institute in the research of cancer nanotechnology and nanotechnology based biomarker identification.

Areas Of Expertise

Nanotoxicology Cancer nanotechnology Chemistry Nanoscale molecular dynamics modeling
Education & Training

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo
PhD, Tokyo Metropolitan University

Boron and Nitrogen Co-Doping of Graphynes without Inducing Empty or Doubly Filled States in p-Conjugated Systems
Liu, H, Gao, X & Zhao, Y 2019, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 123, no. 1, pp. 625-630.

Engineering Multifunctional DNA Hybrid Nanospheres through Coordination-Driven Self-Assembly
Li, M, Wang, C, Di, Z, Li, H, Zhang, J, Xue, W, Zhao, M, Zhang, K, Zhao, Y & Li, L 2019, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 58, no. 5, pp. 1350-1354.

Tumor microenvironment-manipulated radiocatalytic sensitizer based on bismuth heteropolytungstate for radiotherapy enhancement
Zhou, R, Wang, H, Yang, Y, Zhang, C, Dong, X, Du, J, Yan, L, Zhang, G, Gu, Z & Zhao, Y 2019, Biomaterials, vol. 189, pp. 11-22.

Bacillus subtilis causes dissolution of ceria nanoparticles at the nano-bio interface
Xie, C, Zhang, J, Ma, Y, Ding, Y, Zhang, P, Zheng, L, Chai, Z, Zhao, Y, Zhang, Z & He, X 2019, Environmental Science: Nano, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 216-223.

Hydrophobicity-Adaptive Nanogels for Programmed Anticancer Drug Delivery
Yang, H, Wang, Q, Li, Z, Li, F, Wu, D, Fan, M, Zheng, A, Huang, B, Gan, L, Zhao, Y & Yang, X 2018, Nano Letters, vol. 18, no. 12, pp. 7909-7918.

Reversal of pancreatic desmoplasia by re-educating stellate cells with a tumour microenvironment-activated nanosystem
Han, X, Li, Y, Xu, Y, Zhao, X, Zhang, Y, Yang, X, Wang, Y, Zhao, R, Anderson, GJ, Zhao, Y & Nie, G 2018, Nature communications, vol. 9, no. 1, 3390.

Precise nanomedicine for intelligent therapy of cancer
Chen, H, Gu, Z, An, H, Chen, C, Chen, J, Cui, R, Chen, S, Chen, W, Chen, X, Chen, X, Chen, Z, Ding, B, Dong, Q, Fan, Q, Fu, T, Hou, D, Jiang, Q, Ke, H, Jiang, X, Liu, G, Li, S, Li, T, Liu, Z, Nie, G, Ovais, M, Pang, D, Qiu, N, Shen, Y, Tian, H, Wang, C, Wang, H, Wang, Z, Xu, H, Xu, JF, Yang, X, Zhu, S, Zheng, X, Zhang, X, Zhao, Y, Tan, W, Zhang, X & Zhao, Y 2018, Science China Chemistry, vol. 61, no. 12, pp. 1503-1552.

The Precise Diagnosis of Cancer Invasion/Metastasis via 2D Laser Ablation Mass Mapping of Metalloproteinase in Primary Cancer Tissue
Zhang, X, Liu, R, Yuan, Q, Gao, F, Li, J, Zhang, Y, Zhao, Y, Chai, Z, Gao, L & Gao, X 2018, ACS Nano, vol. 12, no. 11, pp. 11139-11151.

Nanomedicine in China
Zhao, Y 2018, Advanced Healthcare Materials, vol. 7, no. 20, 1801051.

Mechanisms of Antioxidant Activities of Fullerenols from First-Principles Calculation
Wang, Z, Gao, X & Zhao, Y 2018, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, vol. 122, no. 41, pp. 8183-8190.

Ultrasensitive Detection of Serum MicroRNA Using Branched DNA-Based SERS Platform Combining Simultaneous Detection of a-Fetoprotein for Early Diagnosis of Liver Cancer
Cheng, L, Zhang, Z, Zuo, D, Zhu, W, Zhang, J, Zeng, Q, Yang, D, Li, M & Zhao, Y 2018, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 10, no. 41, pp. 34869-34877.

Simultaneous Quantification of Multiple Cancer Biomarkers in Blood Samples through DNA-Assisted Nanopore Sensing
Liu, L, Li, T, Zhang, S, Song, P, Guo, B, Zhao, Y & Wu, HC 2018, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 57, no. 37, pp. 11882-11887.

Walking the line: The fate of nanomaterials at biological barriers
Meng, H, Leong, W, Leong, KW, Chen, C & Zhao, Y 2018, Biomaterials, vol. 174, pp. 41-53.

One Second Formation of Large Area Graphene on a Conical Tip Surface via Direct Transformation of Surface Carbide
Ge, Y, Xu, L, Lu, X, Xu, J, Liang, J & Zhao, Y 2018, Small, vol. 14, no. 29, 1801288.

Rational Design of Conjugated Photosensitizers with Controllable Photoconversion for Dually Cooperative Phototherapy
Ye, S, Rao, J, Qiu, S, Zhao, J, He, H, Yan, Z, Yang, T, Deng, Y, Ke, H, Yang, H, Zhao, Y, Guo, Z & Chen, H 2018, Advanced Materials, vol. 30, no. 29, 1801216.

Trophic Transfer and Transformation of CeO2 Nanoparticles along a Terrestrial Food Chain: Influence of Exposure Routes
Ma, Y, Yao, Y, Yang, J, He, X, Ding, Y, Zhang, P, Zhang, J, Wang, G, Xie, C, Luo, W, Zhang, J, Zheng, L, Chai, Z, Zhao, Y & Zhang, Z 2018, Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 52, no. 14, pp. 7921-7927.

2D graphdiyne materials: challenges and opportunities in energy field
Xue, Y, Li, Y, Zhang, J, Liu, Z & Zhao, Y 2018, Science China Chemistry, vol. 61, no. 7, pp. 765-786.

Nucleosome-inspired nanocarrier obtains encapsulation efficiency enhancement and side effects reduction in chemotherapy by using fullerenol assembled with doxorubicin
Tang, J, Zhang, R, Guo, M, Shao, L, Liu, Y, Zhao, Y, Zhang, S, Wu, Y & Chen, C 2018, Biomaterials, vol. 167, pp. 205-215.

Turning On/Off the Anti-Tumor Effect of the Au Cluster via Atomically Controlling Its Molecular Size
Zhai, J, Jia, Y, Zhao, L, Yuan, Q, Gao, F, Zhang, X, Cai, P, Gao, L, Guo, J, Yi, S, Chai, Z, Zhao, Y & Gao, X 2018, ACS Nano, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 4378-4386.

Specific detection and effective inhibition of a single bacterial species in situ using peptide mineralized Au cluster probes
Zhang, X, Liu, L, Liu, R, Wang, J, Hu, X, Yuan, Q, Guo, J, Xing, G, Zhao, Y & Gao, X 2018, Science China Chemistry, vol. 61, no. 5, pp. 627-634.