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Associate Professor

Bo Zhang received his Bachelor degree from College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University in 2010, under the supervision of Professor Jin Zhang, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his PhD degree from Department of Chemistry, Stanford University in 2016, under the guidance of Professor Hongjie Dai, academician of the US National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Zhang joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering of Southern University of Science and Technology in 2021. He has published more than 40 high-level research papers, including Nature Medicine, Nature Biomedical Engineering, Nature Materials, Nature Photonics, Nature Communications, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Materials, etc., with over 8800 total citations (Google Scholar) and H-factor of 27.



2006-2010  College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University Bachelor of Science Supervisor: Prof. Jin Zhang, Fellow of CNAS

2010-2015  Department of Chemistry, Stanford University  Ph.D. Supervisor: Prof. Hongjie Dai, Fellow of NAS, NAM and AAAS


Work experience  

2021-present Department of Biomedical Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Associate Professor

2017-2021 Apostle Inc., Cofounder

2017-2021 School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Southern University of Science and Technology, Research Associate Professor

2016-2017 Nirmidas Biotech., Director


Honor and awards  

2017 Forbes China 30 under 30

2015 Fellowship for Chinese Student Study Abroad

2014 Materials Research Society Silver Award

2013 Mona M. Burgess Fellow, Stanford University

2010 William S. Johnson Fellow, Stanford University

Academic Part-time Position

2021- Present  Director of Shenzhen society of Biomedical Engineering

2021- Present  Member of the collaborative network of healthy young scholars in the Bay Area

2021- Present  Review expert of Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Committee


Research Interest  

1. Efficient biomarker enrichment with high resolution

We seek to develop magnetic nanomaterials with innovative surface modification and binding strategy, to achieve highly efficient biomarker enrichment for large volume clinical & environmental samples.

2. Multiplexed biomarker analysis with high sensitivity

We seek to develop fluorescence enhancing materials and strategies to achieve amplification free, multiplexed biomarker analysis with high sensitivity, and solve related clinical issues including detection of multiple viruses and mutations, various autoimmune markers, panel of cancer markers, etc.

3. Direct visualization of assays for rapid field detection

With novel fluorescent materials and methods, we seek to achieve equipment free detection of multiple biomarkers, to facilitate point-of-care diagnostics of diseases.


Representative publication

1. Ying Liu, Yang Yang, Guanghui Wang, Dou Wang, Pan-Lin Shao, Jiahu Tang, Tingzhen He, Jintao Zheng, Ruibin Hu, Yiyi Liu, Ziyi Xu, Dan Niu, Jiahui Lv, Jingkai Yang, Hongjun Xiao, Shuai Wu, Shuang He, Zhongrong Tang, Yan Liu, Meijie Tang*, Xingyu Jiang*, Jing Yuan*, Hongjie Dai* and Bo Zhang*. "Multiplexed Discrimination of SARS-CoV-2 Variants via Plasmonic-Enhanced Fluorescence in a Portable and Automated Device" Nature Biomedical Engineering, 2023, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41551-023-01092-4. Full Text

2. Jiahui Lv, Ying Liu*, Jiahu Tang, Hongjun Xiao, Ruibin Hu, Guanghui Wang, Dan Niu, Pan-Lin Shao, Jingkai Yang, Ziqi Jin, Ziyi Xu, and Bo Zhang*. "A Novel Cell Membrane-Associated RNA Extraction Method and Its Application in the Discovery of Breast Cancer Markers" Analytical Chemistry, 95(31), 11706, 2023.  Full Text

3. Bo Zhang* (1st and Corresponding author), Benjamin A. Pinsky, Jeyarama S. Ananta, Su Zhao, Shylaja Arulkumar, Hao Wan, Malaya K. Sahoo, Janaki Abeynayake, Jesse J. Waggoner, Clay Hopes, Meijie Tang and Hongjie Dai*. "Diagnosis of Zika virus infection on a nanotechnology platform" Nature Medicine, 23, 548, 2017. Full Text

4. Bo Zhang, Rajiv Kumar, Hongjie Dai* and Brian Feldman*. "A plasmonic Chip for Biomarker Discovery and Diagnosis of Type-1 Diabetes" Nature Medicine, 20, 948, 2014. Full Text