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Zongmin Zhao

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Full Member, University of Illinois Cancer Center



IL, 60612, United States

Office Phone:

(312) 996-2097 (work)

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Research Interests:
Drug delivery, biomaterials, cellular engineering, immunomodulation.

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PSCI Ph.D. Thesis Research (PSCI 599), 8/21/2023 – 12/1/2023
PSCI Ph.D. Thesis Research (PSCI 599), 6/12/2023 – 8/4/2023
PSCI Ph.D. Thesis Research (PSCI 599), 1/9/2023 – 4/28/2023
Seminar in Pharmacognosy (PMPG 595), 1/9/2023 – 4/28/2023
Seminar in Med Chem (MDCH 595), 1/9/2023 – 4/28/2023
Departmental Seminar (BPS 595), 1/9/2023 – 4/28/2023
PDAT 5: Cardiovascular (PHAR 505), 1/9/2023 – 4/28/2023
PDAT 5: Cardiovascular (PHAR 505), 1/9/2023 – 4/28/2023
PSCI Ph.D. Thesis Research (PSCI 599), 8/22/2022 – 12/2/2022

Selected Grants

Nanoparticle-boosted dendritic cell therapy for treating high-grade serous ovarian cancer, Tell Every Amazing Lady About Ovarian Cancer Louisa M McGregor Ovarian Cancer Foundation (TEAL)., 12/1/2023 - 11/30/2024, Obligated Amount: $10000; Anticipated Amount: $10000

Combinatorial cytokine-coated macrophages for targeted immunomodulation in acute lung injury, National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)., 8/1/2023 - 7/31/2025, Obligated Amount: $192891; Anticipated Amount: $425757

Multiscale approaches to engineering living cells for nanotherapeutic delivery, National Institutes of Health (National Institute of General Medical Sciences)., 7/1/2023 - 4/30/2028, Obligated Amount: $393371; Anticipated Amount: $1966855

Engineered macrophages for regulating inflammations in ARDS, Vahteich Award., 4/2023 - 3/2024, Obligated Amount: $50000; No Anticipated Amount Set

Selected Publications

Phan, Philana, Mitragotri, Samir, Zhao, Zongmin. (2023). Digital therapeutics in the clinic. Bioengineering & Translational Medicine, 8, (4), e10536. doi:10.1002/btm2.10536.

Chao, Chih-Jia, Zhang, Endong, Zhao, Zongmin. (2023). Engineering cells for precision drug delivery: New advances, clinical translation, and emerging strategies. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, 197, 114840. doi:10.1016/j.addr.2023.114840.

Li, Bingbing, Teng, Chao, Yu, Huiling, Jiang, Xiaohong, Xing, Xuyang, Jiang, Qi, Lin, Chenshi, Zhao, Zongmin, Zhang, Ruifeng, He, Wei. (2023). Alleviating experimental pulmonary hypertension via co-delivering FoxO1 stimulus and apoptosis activator to hyperproliferating pulmonary arteries. Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B, 13, (6), 2369-2382. doi:10.1016/j.apsb.2022.12.002.

Liao, Xue, Gong, Guidong, Dai, Mengyuan, Xiang, Zhenyu, Pan, Jiezhou, He, Xianglian, Shang, Jiaojiao, Blocki, Anna Maria, Zhao, Zongmin, Shields, C Wyatt, Guo, Junling. (2023). Systemic Tumor Suppression via Macrophage‐Driven Automated Homing of Metal‐Phenolic‐Gated Nanosponges for Metastatic Melanoma. Advanced Science, 10, (18), 2207488. doi:10.1002/advs.202207488.

Zhang, Endong, Phan, Philana, Zhao, Zongmin. (2023). Cellular nanovesicles for therapeutic immunomodulation: A perspective on engineering strategies and new advances. Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B, 13, (5), 1789-1827. doi:10.1016/j.apsb.2022.08.020.

Gao, Yongsheng, Ikeda‐Imafuku, Mayumi, Zhao, Zongmin, Joshi, Maithili, Mitragotri, Samir. (2023). A polymer‐based systemic hemostat for managing uncontrolled bleeding. Bioengineering & Translational Medicine, 8, (3), e10516. doi:10.1002/btm2.10516.

Curreri, Alexander, Sankholkar, Disha, Mitragotri, Samir, Zhao, Zongmin. (2023). RNA therapeutics in the clinic. Bioengineering & Translational Medicine, 8, (1), e10374. doi:10.1002/btm2.10374.

Chopade, Puja, Chopade, Neha, Zhao, Zongmin, Mitragotri, Samir, Liao, Rick, Suja, Vineeth Chandran. (2023). Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease therapies in the clinic. Bioengineering & Translational Medicine, 8, (1), e10367. doi:10.1002/btm2.10367.

Lenders, Vincent, Escudero, Remei, Koutsoumpou, Xanthippi, Armengol Álvarez, Laura, Rozenski, Jef, Soenen, Stefaan J, Zhao, Zongmin, Mitragotri, Samir, Baatsen, Pieter, Allegaert, Karel, Toelen, Jaan, Manshian, Bella B. (2022). Modularity of RBC hitchhiking with polymeric nanoparticles: testing the limits of non-covalent adsorption. Journal of Nanobiotechnology, 20, (1), 333. doi:10.1186/s12951-022-01544-0.

Professional Leadership

Prologue and Moderator, Cell as carriers of therapies: from factories to hitchhiking, 10/2022 - Present

Controlled Release Society (CRS) Bioengineering Focus Group, 8/2022 - Present

Notable Honors

2022, Emerging Voice in Drug Delivery (Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews), Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews

2022, Emerging Leaders in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences (Pharmaceutical Research), Pharmaceutical Research


Ph.D., Virginia Tech, United States, 2017
B.S., East China University of Science and Technology, China, 2013

Postgraduate Training:
Postdoc, Harvard University, United States, 2021

Selected Presentations

Zhao, Zongmin. (2022 October 01). Cell-Inspired Strategies for Precision Therapy and Drug Delivery. 2022 AAPS PharmSci360. Boston.