Principal Investigator

Wei TaoDr. Wei Tao received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science & Technology, and Ph.D. in Biology from Tsinghua University. Dr. Tao completed his postdoctoral training at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He has received 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, American Heart Association (AHA) Collaborative Sciences Award, MIT Technology Review Top Chinese Innovators Under 35 (TR35), World's Top 2% Scientists (from Mendeley Data, Elsevier), Microsoft Academic Top 5 Trending Authors in Nanotechnology (2016-2020) and Top Authors in Nanomedicine, etc.

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:

2021     Microsoft Academic Top 5 Trending Authors in Nanotechnology (2016-2020), and Top Authors in Nanomedicine

2020    World's Top 2% Scientists, published in Mendeley Data from Elsevier (single year 2019)

2020    MIT Technology Review Top Chinese Innovators Under 35 (TR35)

2020    Harvard AP Start-Up Package

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 = 13.266)

2020    Featured Investigator at Harvard & Brigham Anaesthesia Department

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 = 8.947)

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


Editorial Activities:

Associate Editor (2021-present), Exploration (Wiley)

Associate Editor (2021-present), Journal of Nanobiotechnology (IF= 10.435; Springer Nature, BMC)

Editorial Board Member (2021-present), Nano-Micro Letters (IF= 16.419; Springer Nature)

Editorial Board Member (2021-present), Bioactive Materials (IF= 14.593)

Guest Editor (2021-present),  Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B (IF = 11.413)

Guest Editor (2021-present),  Bioactive Materials (IF= 14.593)