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Zhen Gu

Zhen Gu is a Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Director of the NIH Biotechnology Training in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry and M.S. degree in Polymer Chemistry and Physics from Nanjing University. In 2010, he obtained a Ph.D. at UCLA. He was a Postdoctoral Associate working with Dr. Robert Langer at MIT and Harvard Medical School from 2010 to 2012. Before he moved to UCLA in 2018, he had been appointed as a Jackson Family Distinguished Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. Dr. Gu’s group studies controlled drug delivery, bio-inspired materials, and nanobiotechnology, especially for cancer and diabetes treatment. He has published over 170 research papers and applied over 60 patents. He is a co-founder of five start-up companies.