Keep up to date with our activities, events, and discoveries here at the Lab of ImmunoEngineering and ImmunoTheranostics at VCU.
An NIH R21 award. Our lab and collaborators are grateful to be awarded with an NIH R21 to study glioma radioimmunotherapy! We thank NIH/NINDS, VCU CCTR and Massey Cancer Center, our collaborators, and the reviewers for the support.
Our lab welcomed new graduate student, Ms. Nadia Tasnim Ahmed. Nadia came to us from University of South Florida. She is among the first class of our newly launched Pharmaceutical Engineering PhD program.
Our lab also welcomed a new VCU undergraduate student, Mr. Moazan Rehman!
Our own Senior Ms. Janet Cole was accepted to the PharmD program of VCU School of Pharmacy! Congratulations!! Janet has done an impressive job during her stay in our lab.
Our research on COVID-19 vaccine has been highlighted by VCU News! See the story here.
We were grateful to receive a VCU COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding to develop a COVID-19 vaccine delivery system.
An Advanced Therapeutics paper! Dr. Yu Zhang's paper on a responsive STING-activating nanovaccines for melanoma immunotherapy has been accepted for publication. This marks the first independent research paper from our lab at VCU. Congratulations!!
Julian was accepted to be a member of the VCU Center On Health Disparities (CoHD)!
A Medicine in Drug Discovery paper! Shurong's review paper "Delivery of nucleic acid therapeutics for cancer immunotherapy" was accepted for publication. Great job and congrats to Shurong, Wenjie, and Janet!
An ACS Applied Bio Materials paper! Drs. Tingting Shen and Yu Zhang's review paper, "Nucleic Acid Immunotherapeutics for Cancer", was accepted for publication. Great job and congrats to all!
Zhu Lab and collaborators were grateful to receive a pilot grant from the Central Virginia Center on Drug Abuse Research to study drug delivery for anti-opioid therapy.
Julian delivered a talk, "Drug delivery for cancer immunotherapy", in VCU Department of Medicinal Chemistry.
A Science Advances paper! "A Bi-adjuvant Nanovaccine that Potentiates Immunogenicity of Neoantigen for Combination Immunotherapy of Colorectal Cancer", in collaboration with Qianqian Ni, Fuwu Zhang at the Shawn Chen Lab at NIH was accepted for publication in Science Advances! Congratulations!!!
Julian delivered a talk, "Drug delivery systems and nucleic acid therapeutics for cancer", in the annual retreat of the Developmental Therapeutics Program, VCU Massey Cancer Center.
Julian enjoyed leading the poster judging for the VCU School of Pharmacy annual Research and Career Day! Great and diverse research presented by graduate students, postdocs, and PharmD students.
Julian delivered a talk, "Drug delivery using biocompatible bioconjugates and nanoparticles”, in VCU Pharmacology and Toxicology Seminar Series.
Julian delivered a talk, "Responsive STING-activating Nanovaccines", in the 15th Annual Meeting of the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society (OTS) in Munich, Germany.
Julian delivered talks on "Cancer nanomedicine: applications in immunotherapy, chemotherapy, and gene therapy" in Nankai University, Tianjin University, Beijing Institute of Technology, and Shanghai Jiaotong University.
We welcome a baby daughter, Claire Zhang, from Drs. Yu Zhang and Tingting Shen!!!
Visiting graduate student, Mr. Jialong Qi, joined the lab. Welcome!
Postdoc associate Dr. Furong Cheng joined the lab. Welcome!
Wenjie Chen won a runner up postdoc presentation award at the VCU School of Pharmacy Research and Career Day! Congratulations!
An invited review paper "STING activation in cancer immunotherapy" by Drs. Ting Su, Yu Zhang, et al, was accepted for publication in Theranostics. Congrats and thanks to all coauthors!
Julian delivered a talk, “Using DNA/RNA as Drugs: From Discovery to Development”, in VCU Discovery Dialogues.