Principal Investigator


Dr. Jie Zheng


Research Scientists


Dr. Mengxiao Yu



PhD Candidates


Ms. Shasha Sun


Mr. Rodrigo Vinluan


Graduate Students


Ms. Bujie Du


Ms. Jessica Jacobe


Mr. Xingya Jiang


Mr. Xuhui Ning


Mr. Chuanqi Peng


Ms. Jing Xu



Undergraduate Students


Mr. Jonathan Wang


Mr. Greg Zhang 


Ms. Melissa Gannaway 


Mr. Stephen McMahon


Mr. Justin Sullins 


Former Group Members


Dr. Jinbin Liu (Postdoc)

Dr. Shengyang Yang (Postdoc)

Dr. Jing Yu (Postdoc)

Dr. Zhanghua Zeng (Postdoc)

Dr. Liang Zhao (Postdoc)


Ms. Jennifer Chilek (Graduate)

Dr. Chen Zhou (Graduate)


Ms. Sheby Alexander (Undergraduate)

Mr. Chris Alameddin (Undergraduate)

Mr. Michael Anyirah (Undergraduate)

Mr. Sishan Chen (Undergraduate) 

Mr. Giovanni Contello (Undergraduate) 

Mr. Andrew Dean (Undergraduate) 

Ms. Julia Hankins (Undergraduate)

Ms. Grace Kong (Undergraduate)

Mr. Husain Mogri (Undergraduate)

Mr. Ali Mozayan (Undergraduate)


Ms. Chelsea Carson (High School)

Ms. Karen Chen (High School)

Ms. Clare Jensen (High School)

Ms. Rebecca John (High School)

Ms. Amy Xia (High School)

Mr. Robert Yao (High School)


Mengxiao Yu


Research Scientist



Office: NSERL 2.440




Mailing Address:


BE26, The University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W Campbell Rd. Richardson, TX 75080


Education Background


Ph.D. Laboratory of Advanced Materials, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 2009.


B.S.  Department of Chemistry, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China, 2004.

Research Area


Intracellular Labeling and Drug Delivery.


Honors and Awards


Best Poster in Biomaterials and Tissue, UT Metroplex Day, 2010.


Selected Publications


1. R. Vinluan III, J. Liu, C. Zhou, M. Yu, S. Yang, A. Kumar, S. Sun, A. Dean, X. Sun, J. Zheng. "Glutathione-Coated Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles: A Surface Ligand for Minimizing Serum Protein Adsorption", ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, DOI:10.1021/am5031374.


2. S. Sun, C. Zhou, S. Chen, J.B. Liu, J. Yu, J. Chilek, L. Zhao, M.X. Yu, R. Vinluan, B. Huang, and J. Zheng, "Surface-Chemistry Effect on Cellular Response of Luminescent Plasmonic Silver Nanoparticles", Bioconjugate Chemistry, 2014, DOI: 10.1021/bc500008a.


3. J. B. Liu, M. X. Yu, C. Zhou, J. Zheng*. "Renal Clearable Inorganic Nanoparticles: A New Frontier of Bionanotechnology". Mater. Today 16, 477-486 (2013).


4. J.B. Liu, M.X. Yu, X. Ning, C. Zhou, S.Y. Yang, and J. Zheng, "PEGylation and Zwitterionization: Pros and Cons in Renal Clearance and Tumor Targeting of Near-IR-Emitting Gold Nanoparticles", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 52, 12572-12576 (2013) (Highlighted as VIP)


5. C. Zhou, S. Yang, J. Liu, M.X. Yu, and J. Zheng, “Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles: A New Class of Nanoprobes for Biomedical Imaging”, Exp. Bio. Med., 2013, accepted.


6. J. Liu, M. Yu, C. Zhou, S. Yang, X. Ning, and J. Zheng, “Passive Tumor Targeting of Renal Clearable Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles: Long Tumor Retention and Fast Normal Tissue Clearance”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 4978-4981 (2013).

7. J. Zheng*, C. Zhou, M. X. Yu, J. B. Liu. "Different sized luminescent gold nanoparticles". Nanoscale 4, 4073-4083 (2012) (Highlighted as one of the "top 10 most accessed articles" of Nanoscale in June and July 2012).

8. C. Zhou, G. Y. Hao, P. Thomas, J. B. Liu, M. X. Yu, S. S. Sun, O.K. Oez, X. K. Sun, J. Zheng*. "Near-Infrared Emitting Radioactive Gold Nanoparticles with Molecular Pharmacokinetics". Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 51, 10118-10122 (2012).

9. S. Y. Yang, C. Zhou, J. B. Liu, M. X. Yu, J. Zheng*. "One-Step Interfacial Synthesis and Assembly of Ultrathin Luminescent AuNPs/Silica Membranes". Adv. Mater. 24, 3218-3222 (2012).


10. M. Yu, C. Zhou, J. Liu, J. D. Hankins, J. Zheng, “Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles with pH De-pendent Membrane Adsorption”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 133, 11014-11017 (2011).


11. J. Liu, C. Zhou, M. Yu, J. Zheng, "Decomposition of Amino Acids Catalyzed by Plasmonic Gold Nanoparticles", Sci. Adv. Mater., 4, 813-818 (2012).

12. C. Y. Li, M. X. Yu, Y. Sun, Y. Q. Wu, C. H. Huang, F. Y. Li*. "A Nonemissive Iridium(III) Complex That Specifically Lights-Up the Nuclei of Living Cells". J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133, 11231-11239 (2011) (Highlighted by Chemical and Engineering News).

13. C. Zhou, C. Sun, M. X. Yu, Y. P. Qin, J. G. Wang, M. Kim, J. Zheng*. "Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles with Mixed Valence States Generated from Dissociation of Polymeric Au(I) Thiolates". J. Phys. Chem. C 114, 7727-7732 (2010).


14. M.X. Yu, F.Y. Li, Z.G. Chen, H. Hu, C. Zhan, H. Yang, C.H. Huang, “Laser Scanning Up-conversion Luminescence Microscopy for Imaging Cells Labeled with Rare-earth Nanophospors”, Anal. Chem., 81, 930–935 (2009).


15. L.Q. Xiong, M.X. Yu, M.J. Cheng, X.Y. Zhang, C.J. Xu, F.Y. Li, “A Photostable Fluorescent Probe for Targeted Imaging of Tumour Cells Possessing Integrin αvβ3”, Mol. Biosyst., 5, 241243 (2009).


16. M.X. Yu, M. Shi, Z.G. Chen, F.Y. Li, X.X. Li, Y.H. Gao, J. Xu, H. Yang, Z.G. Zhou, T. Yi, C.H. Huang, “Highly Sensitive and Fast Responsive Fluorescence Turn-on Chemodosimeter for Cu2+ and its Application in Live Cell Imaging”, Chem. Eur. J., 14, 68926900 (2008).


17. M.X. Yu, Q. Zhao, L.X. Shi, F.Y. Li, Z.G. Zhou, H. Yang, T. Yi, C.H. Huang, Cationic Iridium(III) Complexes for Phosphorescence Staining in the Cytoplasm of Living Cells”, Chem. Comm., 2115–2117 (2008).


18. M. Zhang, M.X. Yu, F.Y. Li, M.W. Zhu, M.Y. Li, Y.H. Gao, L. Li, Z.Q. Liu, J.P. Zhang, D.Q. Zhang, T. Yi, C.H. Huang, A Highly Selective Fluorescence Turn-on Sensor for Cysteine/Homocysteine and its Application in Bioimaging”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 129, 10322–10323 (2007).

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