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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
2018 Corannulene-Incorporated AIE Nanodots with Highly Suppressed Nonradiative Decay for Boosted Cancer Phototheranostics In Vivo Gu, Xinggui; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Ma, Huili; et al. Advanced Materials 30
2018 Alleviating the Liver Toxicity of Chemotherapy via pH-Responsive Hepatoprotective Prodrug Micelles Tao, Ran; Gao, Min; Liu, Fang; et al. Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces 10
2018 All-active antitumor micelles via triggered lipid peroxidation. Gao, Min; Meng, Xuan; Guo, Xuliang; et al. Journal of controlled release : official journal of the Controlled Release Society 286
2013 Turn-on colorimetric sensor for ultrasensitive detection of thrombin using fibrinogen-gold nanoparticle conjugate Niu, Yajing; Wang, Ping; Zhao, Yanjun; et al. Analyst 138
2012 Biodegradable Polymer-Curcumin Conjugate Micelles Enhance the Loading and Delivery of Low-Potency Curcumin Yang, Rulei; Zhang, Suai; Kong, Deling; et al. Pharmaceutical Research 29
2012 Dendrimer-mediated drug delivery to the skin Sun, Mingjing; Fan, Aiping; Wang, Zheng; et al. Soft Matter 8
2012 Pharmacokinetic Evaluation of Intranasally Administered Vinyl Polymer-Coated Lorazepam Microparticles in Rabbits Zhao, Yanjun; Brown, Marc B.; Khengar, Rajeshree H.; et al. Aaps Journal 14
2012 Star-shaped polymer micelles as drug delivery carriers: Research advances Pan, D.; Zhao, Y.; Wang, Z. Journal of International Pharmaceutical Research 39
2012 Starburst low-molecular weight polyethylenimine for efficient gene delivery Zhao, Yanjun; Yang, Rulei; Liu, Dong; et al. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A 100A
2012 The dominant role of polymer erosion in paclitaxel release from folate-modified poly(ether-anhydride) nanocarrier Liu, Xipan; Pan, Dan; Guo, Qian; et al. Journal of Applied Polymer Science