Nano-biotechnology, Novel Cancer Therapies, Drug Delivery, Biomedical Imaging, Nanotoxicology
Research Experience and Accomplishments:
Dr. Liu’s research in the past few years was mostly focused on the development of functional nanomaterials including carbon nanomaterials, upconversion nanoparticles, organic nanomaterials, and other multifunctional composite nanostructures, for the exploration of novel cancer diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. Starting from 2005, Dr. Liu has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers (over 60 corresponding-author articles after joining Soochow U), many of which were published on top chemistry, materials and biomedicine journals (total citation > 9700, H-index = 44). The awards Dr. Liu received include MRS Silver Award in 2008, and SCOPUS young researcher award in 2012.
We currently have 1-2 post-doc position openings for research directions in nanomedicine and nanobiotechnology. For those who are interested, please send your CV to Dr. Liu for consideration.
 Liang Cheng, Chao Wang, Xinxing Ma, Qinglong Wang, Yao Cheng, Han Wang, Yonggang Li, Zhuang Liu* “Multifunctional Upconversion Nanoparticles for Dual-modal Imaging Guided Stem Cell Therapy under Remote Magnetic Control” Adv. Funct. Mater. 23, 272-280 (2013)
 Kai Yang, Huan Xu, Liang Cheng, Chunyang Sun, Jun Wang, Zhuang Liu* “In vitro and in vivo near-infrared photothermal therapy of cancer using polypyrrole organic nanoparticles” Adv. Mater. 24, 5586-5592 (2012)
 Liang Cheng, Kai Yang, Qian Chen, Zhuang Liu*, “Organic Stealth Nanoparticles for Highly Effective in Vivo Near-Infrared Photothermal Therapy of Cancer” ACS Nano, 6, 5605–5613 (2012) (Reported by C&E News)
 Xiaojing Wang, Chao Wang, Liang Cheng, Shuit-Tong Lee, Zhuang Liu* “Noble Metal Coated Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes for Applications in Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering Imaging and Photothermal Therapy” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134, 7414–7422 (2012)
 Kai Yang, Lilei Hu, Xingxing Ma, Shuoqi Ye, Liang Cheng, Xiaoze Shi, Changhui Li, Yonggang Li, Zhuang Liu* “Multimodal imaging guided photothermal therapy using functionalized graphene nano-sheets anchored with magnetic nanoparticles” Adv. Mater. 24, 1868-1872 (2012) (Frontispieces Feature)
 Chao Wang, Xinxing Ma, Shouqi Ye, Liang Guo, Changhui Li, Yonggang Li*, Zhuang Liu* “Protamine functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes for stem cell labeling and in vivo Raman / magnetic resonance / photoacoustic triple-modal imaging” Adv. Funct. Mater. 22, 2363–2375 (2012)
 Liang Cheng, Kai Yang, Yonggang Li, Jianhua Chen, Chao Wang, Mingwang Shao*, Shuit-Tong Lee, Zhuang Liu* “Facile preparation of multifunctional upconversion nanoprobes for multi-modal imaging and dual-targeted photothermal therapy” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 50, 7385-7390 (2011)
 Kai Yang, Jianmei Wan, Shuai Zhang, Youjiu Zhang, Shuit-Tong Lee, Zhuang Liu* “In vivo Pharmacokinetics, Long-Term Biodistribution, and Toxicology of PEGylated Graphene in Mice” ACS Nano, 5, 516-522 (2011)
 Chao Wang, Huiquan Tao, Liang Cheng, Zhuang Liu* “Near-infrared light induced in vivo photodynamic therapy of cancer based on upconversion nanoparticles” Biomaterials, 32, 6145-6154 (2011)
 Chao Wang, Liang Cheng, Zhuang Liu,* “Drug Delivery with Upconversion Nanoparticles for Multi-Functional Targeted Cancer Cell Imaging and Therapy” Biomaterials. 32, 1110-1120 (2011)
 Kai Yang, Shuai Zhang, Guoxin Zhang, Xiaoming Sun, Shuit-Tong Lee and Zhuang Liu,* “Graphene in Mice – Ultra-high in vivo Tumor Uptake and Highly Efficient Photothermal Therapy” Nano Lett. 10, 3318–3323 (2010)(Highlighted by Nature)