Shaoqin Sarah Gong

Position title: Vilas Distinguished Professor, Advancing Vision Science Chair Professor, and RRF Edwin and Dorothy Gamewell Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Chemistry, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery


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Phone: 608.316.4311

Room: 4166
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
330 North Orchard St
Madison, WI 53715

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  • B.S. 1991, Tsinghua University (China)
  • M.S. 1994, Tsinghua University (China)
  • Ph.D. 1999, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor



Prof. Gong’s research group focuses on the design, synthesis/fabrication, and characterization of novel biomaterials and nanomaterials. Many of our on-going projects are multidisciplinary, bridging engineering with materials science, chemistry, and the life sciences. Some of our on-going efforts include

  • Multifunctional nanocarriers (e.g., silica nanocapsules, unimolecular nanoparticles, polymer micelles and vesicles, polymer nanocages, functionalized inorganic nanoparticles) for the delivery of therapeutic and diagnostic agents which can be used to treat and diagnose various types of diseases (e.g., brain diseases, vascular diseases,  eye diseases, liver diseases, and cancers).
  • CRISPR genome editing
  • Cancer immunotherapy
  • Tissue engineering scaffolds enabling cell therapy
  • Antimicrobial materials
  • Multifunctional polymer nanocomposites for various applications including flexible electronics and sensors.