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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
2012 Thermosensitivity of low generation poly(amidoamine) dendrimers with enriching peripheral functional groups Zhao, Yanjun; Shen, Li; Wan, Ying; et al. Colloids and Surfaces A-Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 403
2011 Conformational Switching Immobilized Hairpin DNA Probes Following Subsequent Expanding of Gold Nanoparticles Enables Visual Detecting Sequence-specific DNA Niu, Yajing; Zhao, Yanjun; Fan, Aiping Analytical Chemistry 83
2011 PEGylated thermo-sensitive poly(amidoamine) dendritic drug delivery systems Zhao, Yanjun; Fan, Xiangpan; Liu, Dong; et al. International Journal of Pharmaceutics 409
2011 Vinyl polymer-coated lorazepam particles for drug delivery to the airways Traynor, Matthew J.; Zhao, Yanjun; Brown, Marc B.; et al. International Journal of Pharmaceutics 410
2010 Building Membrane Emulsification into Pulmonary Drug Delivery and Targeting Bao, Decai; Zhao, Yanjun Pharmaceutical Research 27
2010 Dynamic foams in topical drug delivery Zhao, Yanjun; Jones, Stuart A.; Brown, Marc B. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology 62
2010 Pharmaceutical foams: are they the answer to the dilemma of topical nanoparticles? Zhao, Yanjun; Brown, Marc B.; Jones, Stuart A. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 6
2010 The effects of particle properties on nanoparticle drug retention and release in dynamic minoxidil foams Zhao, Yanjun; Brown, Marc B.; Jones, Stuart A. International Journal of Pharmaceutics 383
2010 The role of vehicle-nanoparticle interactions in topical drug delivery Moddaresi, Mojgan; Brown, Marc B.; Zhao, Yanjun; et al. International Journal of Pharmaceutics 400
2010 The Topical Delivery of Benzoyl Peroxide Using Elegant Dynamic Hydrofluoroalkane Foams Zhao, Yanjun; Brown, Marc B.; Jones, Stuart A. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 99