Principal Investigator

WeiDr. Wei Tao received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science & Technology (2011), and Ph.D. in Biology from Tsinghua University (2015). He held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) from 2016 to 2018. Subsequently, he was promoted to be an Instructor (Junior Faculty) at HMS in March 2018. In January 2020, his promotion to Assistant Professor gained approval from the HMS Chairs.

He has so far published over 40 peer-reviewed first/corresponding author papers in prestigious journals such as Nature Reviews Materials (1), Science Translational Medicine (2), PNAS (1), Nature Biomedical Engineering (1), Matter (Cell Press) (4), Nature Communications (3), Chemical Society Reviews (2), Progress in Materials Science (1), Accounts of Chemical Research (1), Angewandte Chemie (3), Advanced Materials (2), Nano Today (2), Advanced Science (1), ACS Nano (3), Nano Letters (2), etc. He is an active reviewer for numerous journals. He is also a member of the Academy at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tao currently serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) on multiple awards/grants including the U.S. METAvivor Early Career Investigator Award, Harvard Anaesthesia Department Basic Scientist Grant, Khoury Innovation Award, Center for Nanomedicine Research Fund, Stepping Strong Breakthrough Innovator Award (Co-PI), and American Heart Association (AHA) Collaborative Sciences Award (Co-PI).

Research Overview:

Dr. Tao's primary research interest is in the design and synthesis of functional biomaterials, revealing nano-bio interactions (mechanism studies), and exploring their different biomedical applications including RNA therapeutics, cancer theranostics, wound healing, cardiovascular disease, bone regeneration, diabetes treatment and so on. His research thrusts include fundamental materials innovation as well as their various applications in translational medicine (not limited to the areas mentioned above). He is willing to have potential collaborators to expand the application fields of these materials.


List of Research Areas:

Biomaterials, RNA Therapeutics, Drug Delivery, Biomedical Engineering, Nanomedicine.


Awards & Honors:

2020    Harvard & Brigham Khoury Innovation Award (PI)       

2020    Stepping Strong Breakthrough Innovator Award (Co-PI)

2020    Top 10 Outstanding Reviewers in 2019, Materials Horizons (IF = 14.356)

2020    Editorial Board Members, Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences

2020    Editorial Board Members, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology

2020    Featured Investigator at Harvard & Brigham Anaesthesia Department

2019    Editorial Board Members, Frontiers in Pharmacology (the 1st most-cited open-access journal in Pharmacology & Pharmacy)

2019    Harvard & Brigham Center for Nanomedicine Research Fund (PI)

2019    American Heart Association (AHA) Collaborative Sciences Award (Co-PI)

2019    Harvard & Brigham Anaesthesia Department Basic Science Seed Grant (PI)

2018    US METAvivor Early Career Investigator Award (PI)

2018    Outstanding Reviewer Award, Acta Biomaterialia (IF = 7.242)

2015    Tsinghua-“Lin Feng” Instructor Award

2015    Tsinghua College Academic Rookie Award

2014    National Schcolarship for Graduate Student

2014    13th World Pharma Congress Student Fellowship

2013    Tsinghua First Scholarship for Research and Innovation

2013    Tsinghua Visiting Doctoral Students Foundation Scholarship (supporting 6 months visiting PhD study at Harvard in 2014)

2012    National Scholarship for Graduate Student            

2011    Huazhong University of Science and Technology Outstanding Graduate

2010    Hong Kong Qiu Shi Science and Technologies Foundation Outstanding Student Award


Ad hoc Reviewer:

Over 300 times of review for Matter (Cell Press), Nature Communications, Science Advances, Advanced Materials, Nano Today, Advanced Science, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, Coordination Chemistry ReviewsACS Nano, Nano Letters, Materials Horizons, National Science Review, Small, Biomaterials, Journal of Controlled Release, Theranostics, Small Methods, Chemical Science, Advanced Healthcare Materials, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Chemical Engineering Journal, Nano-Micro Letters, Nanoscale, Acta Biomaterialia, Nanophotonics, Bioactive Material, Nanoscale Advances, Scientific Reports, Materials and Design, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, Frontiers in Immunology, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, ACS Applied Bio Materials, ACS Applied Nano Materials, International Journal of Pharmaceutics, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, Drug Delivery, Nanotheranostics, and others.