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)



Shasha Sun


Ph.D. Candidate



Office: NSERL 2.440




Mailing Address:


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


Education Background


Ph.D. Department of Chemistry, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2011-Current.


B.S.  Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai, China, 2011.

Research Area


Luminescent Metal Nanoparticles Synthesis and Biological Application.


Honors and Awards


People's Scholarship, China, 2007-2010.


Outstanding student of Donghua University, Donghua University, 2009.




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. C. Zhou, G. Hao, T. Patrick, J. Liu, M. Yu, S. Sun, O. Oz, X. Sun, and J. Zheng, “Near Infrared Emitting Radioactive Gold Nanoparticles with Molecular Pharmacokinetics”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51(40): 10118-10222.






[Contact us]

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