Liangfang Zhang | AIChE

Liangfang Zhang

Chancellor Professor of Nanoengineering and Bioengineering, Director of Chemical Engineering
University of California San Diego

Dr. Liangfang Zhang is Joan and Irwin Jacobs Chancellor Professor of Nanoengineering and Bioengineering and Director of Chemical Engineering Program at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Zhang received his B.E. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, and his Ph.D. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006 under the supervision of Prof. Steve Granick. He was a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Prof. Robert Langer at MIT during 2006-2008.  He joined the Department of Nanoengineering at UC San Diego as an Assistant Professor in 2008 and was promoted to Professor in 2014. Dr. Zhang’s research aims to create cutting-edge biomimetic nanotechnologies and exploit them for various biomedical applications with a particular focus on biomimetic nanodelivery, countermeasure nanotherapeutics, and vaccine nanotechnology. One major goal is to overcome the various therapeutic barriers in infectious disease and cancer treatment through research discovery and entrepreneurial translation. He has made seminal contributions to the field of bioengineering and nanomedicine. He has published 235 peer-reviewed articles in highly regarded journals and was among the Clarivate Analytics list of “Highly Cited Researcher” during 2017-2020. He is an inventor of 114 patents and patent applications worldwide and the majority of these patents have been licensed to multiple biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies for clinical translation. He has received numerous mainstream recognitions, including the Victor K. LaMer Award (2009) and Unilever Award (2012) from the American Chemical Society, MIT Technology Review’s TR35 Innovator Award (2013), Allan P. Colburn Award (2014) from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Popular Science’s Brilliant 10 Award (2016), U.S. Department of State ASPIRE Award (2017), and Kabiller Young Investigator Award (2017). Professionally, Dr. Zhang was elected to the Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2015, the Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2018, and the Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in 2020.