Principal Investigator


Dr. Jie Zheng


Postdoctoral Fellows


Dr. Jinbin Liu


Dr. Mengxiao Yu


Graduate Students


Ms. Shasha Sun


Mr. Rodrigo Vinluan


Ms. Jing Xu


Undergraduate Students


Mr. Sishan Chen


Mr. Giovanni Contello


Mr. Andrew Dean


Mr. Xuhui Ning


Former Group Members


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)

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


Postdoctoral Fellow



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


2.  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).


3. 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).


4. 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).


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


6. 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).


7. Y. Sun, M.X. Yu, S. Liang, Y.J. Zhang, C. G. Li, T.T. Mou, W.J. Yang, X.Z. Zhang, B.A. Li, C.H. Huang, F.Y. Li, “Fluorine-18 labeled rare-earth nanoparticles for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of sentinel lymph node”, Biomaterials 32, 2999-3007 (2011).


8. J. Zhou, M.X. Yu, Y. Sun, X.Z. Zhang, X.J. Zhu, Z.H. Wu, D.M. Wu, F.Y. Li*. “Fluorine-18-labeled Gd3+/Yb3+/Er3+ co-doped NaYF4 nanophosphors for multimodality PET/MR/UCL imaging”, Biomaterials 32, 1148-1156 (2011).


9. Q. Zhao, M.X. Yu, L.X. Shi, S.J. Liu, C.Y. Li, M. Shi, Z.G. Zhou, C.H. Huang, F.Y. Li, “Cationic Iridium(III) Complexes with Tunable Emission Color as Phosphorescent Dyes for Live Cell Imaging”, Organometallics 29 1085-1091 (2010).


10. 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).

[Contact us]

2.440 NSERL Building, The University of Texas at Dallas
Tel: 972-883-5768 (Dr. Zheng), 972-883-5769 (Lab)