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Yanjun Zhao ——Professor

Room 412-1, Building 24, Tianjin University
School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
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Education Experience
2005-2010 Ph. D. Pharmacy King’s College London, UK
2002-2005 M.S. Biochemical Engineering Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS
1998-2002 Bachelor Polymer Dalian University of Technology
Professional Experience
2009-2009 Research Scientist MedPharm Ltd. (UK)
2010-2012 Lecturer Tianjin University, China
2012-2018 Associate Professor Tianjin University, China
2018- Professor Tianjin University, China
Research Area

The research in the group of Zhao encompasses four main areas, including (1) Stimuli-responsive drug delivery systems; (2) Ferroptosis-targeting nanomedicines; (3) Photo-triggered microtubule inhibitors; (4) Pharmaceutical micelles, biomaterials and nanomaterials.


Honors and Awards
2013: Tianjin University “Elite Scholar”
2009: Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad
2005: Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards
CN Patent: ZL 2013 1 0755965.7
CN Patent: ZL 2014 1 0008911.9
Highlighted Publications
Deng J, Liu F, Wang L, An Y, Gao M, Wang Z, Zhao Y. Hypoxia- and singlet oxygen-responsive chemo-photodynamic micelles featured with glutathione depletion and aldehyde production. Biomater Sci, 2019, 7(1):429-441.
Liu G, Deng J, Liu F, Wang Z, Peer D, Zhao Y. Hierarchically theranostic nanomedicine: MRI contrast agents as the physical vehicle anchor for high drug loading and triggered on-demand delivery. J Mater Chem B, 2018, 6(13): 1995-2003.
Li J, Meng X, Deng J, Lu D, Zhang X, Chen Y, Zhu J, Fan A, Ding D, Kong D, Wang Z, Zhao Y. Multifunctional micelles dually responsive to hypoxia and singlet oxygen: enhanced photodynamic therapy via interactively triggered photosensitizer delivery. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces, 2018, 10(20): 17117–17128.
Tao R, Gao M, Liu F, Guo X, Fan A, Ding D, Kong D, Wang Z, Zhao Y. Alleviating the liver toxicity of chemotherapy via pH-responsive hepatoprotective prodrug micelles. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces, 2018, 10(26): 21836–21846.
Meng X, Gao M, Deng J, Lu D, Fan A, Ding D, Kong D, Wang Z, Zhao Y. Self-immolative micellar drug delivery: the linker matters. Nano Res, 2018, 11(12), 6177–6189.
Gao M, Meng X, Guo X, Zhu J, Fan A, Wang Z, Zhao Y. All-active anti-tumor micelles via triggered lipid peroxidation. J Control Release, 2018, 286: 381-393.
Li X, Gao M, Xin K, Zhang L, Ding D, Kong D, Wang Z, Shi Y, Kiessling F, Lammers T, Cheng J, Zhao Y. Singlet oxygen-responsive micelles for enhanced photodynamic therapy. J Control Release. 2017, 260:12-21.
Xin K, Li M, Lu D, Meng X, Deng J, Kong D, Ding D, Wang Z, Zhao Y. Bioinspired coordination micelles integrating high stability, triggered cargo release, and magnetic resonance imaging. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2017, 9(1):80-91.
Liu S, Lu D, Wang X, Ding D, Kong D, Wang Z, Zhao Y. Topology dictates function: Controlled ROS production and mitochondria accumulation via curved carbon materials. J Mater Chem B, 2017, 5: 4918-4925.
Gao M, Deng J, Chu H, Tang Y, Wang Z, Zhao Y, Li G. Stereoselective stabilization of polymeric vitamin E conjugate micelles. Biomacromolecules. 2017, 18(12): 4349–4356.
ResearcherID Publications
Year Title Author(s) Source Volume
2015 Covalent and non-covalent curcumin loading in acid-responsive polymeric micellar nanocarriers Gao, Min; Chen, Chao; Fan, Aiping; et al. Nanotechnology 26
2016 Iodophenol blue-enhanced luminol chemiluminescence and its application to hydrogen peroxide and glucose detection Yu, Dalong; Wang, Ping; Zhao, Yanjun; et al. Talanta 146
2016 Employment of bromophenol red and bovine serum albumin as luminol signal co-enhancer in chemiluminescent detection of sequence-specific DNA Yu, Xiaoqian; Sheng, Yingying; Zhao, Yanjun; et al. Talanta 148
2016 Acetal-linked polymeric prodrug micelles for enhanced curcumin delivery Li, Man; Gao, Min; Fu, Yunlan; et al. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 140
2017 When self-assembly meets topology: an enhanced micelle stability Dong, Xiaopeng; Guo, Xuliang; Liu, Guangqin; et al. Chemical Communications 53
2017 Topology dictates function: controlled ROS production and mitochondria accumulation via curved carbon materials Liu, Sihui; Lu, Di; Wang, Xinchang; et al. Journal of Materials Chemistry B 5
2017 Stereoselective Stabilization of Polymeric Vitamin E Conjugate Micelles Gao, Min; Deng, Jian; Chu, Huiying; et al. Biomacromolecules
2017 Singlet oxygen-responsive micelles for enhanced photodynamic therapy Li, Xiaodan; Gao, Min; Xin, Keting; et al. Journal of Controlled Release 260
2017 Ratiometric co-delivery of multiple chemodrugs in a single nanocarrier Chen, Chao; Tao, Ran; Ding, Dan; et al. European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 107
2017 Engineering hot-melt extruded solid dispersion for controlled release of hydrophilic drugs Zhang, Shuli; Meng, Xuan; Wang, Zheng; et al. European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 100