Xiaojun Zhao

Sichuan University, China

Xiaojun Zhao received his M.A. degree in biochemistry from the University of California at Santa Babara, and his Ph.D. degree in biological chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles. He conducted his postdoctoral research on mouse model of mitochondrial disease at California Institute of Technology. He then moved to Cambridge, where he continued his studies on molecular and cellular mechanisms of neuronal synaptogenesis and also on developing self-assembled peptide nanomaterials for tissue engineering and nanomedicine at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Professor, a Chief Scientist, and a Founding Executive Director at the newly established Institute for Nanobiomedical Technology and Membrane Biology, Sichuan University. He became a Fellow of the American Academy of Nanomedicine in 2005, and received the Asia Excellence Award from the Society of Polymer Science of Japan in 2008. He is currently working with various self-assembling peptide systems to develop new classes of biological materials including peptide matrix scaffolds for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, biological surface engineering, and peptide surfactant nanotubes for stabilizing membrane proteins and their complexes. His lab is also involved in several other studies such as developing scaffolds for controlling stem cells differentiation and proliferation, tumor cells in vitro proliferation and drug therapy, virus proliferation and growth inhibition in modified peptide gel scaffolds, and so on. These relatively simple systems allowed him to further study complex biological questions.

Biography Updated on 31 July 2008

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