Selected News


[To be updated] Our Opinion manuscript is under minor revision in Nano Today now.

[To be updated] Our Research Article manuscript is under revision in Nature Communications now.

[To be updated] Our joint Review manuscript is under revision in Progress in Materials Science now.

[To be updated] Our Review proposal was accepted by Chemical Society Reviews, and the full manuscript is under revision now.

10-09-2020    Yuan's review paper entitled "Nano-Bio Interactions in Cancer: from Therapeutics Delivery to Early Detection" was accepted for publication in Accounts of Chemical Research. Congratulations to Yuan!Acc Chem Res

09-30-2020    Jiang's research article entitled "In situ sprayed NIR-responsive, analgesic black phosphorus-based gel for diabetic ulcer treatment" was accepted for publication in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). Congratulations to Jiang!PNAS

09-14-2020    Zhongmin's review paper entitled "A materials science perspective on tackling COVID-19" was accepted for publication in Nature Reviews Materials, and selected as a cover paper. Congratulations to Zhongmin!NRM

09-01-2020    Dr. Tao received a start-up package (for three years) from the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine (DAPPM) to establish his independent research laboratory at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). We thank our department very much for this generous support!!!

08-25-2020    Our joint research article entitled "Triangle-Shaped Tellurium Nanostars Potentiate Radiotherapy by Boosting Checkpoint Blockade Immunotherapy" was accepted for publication in Matter (Cell Press). Congratulations to Jiang and Chuang!Cell Press

08-04-2020    Jiang's review paper entitled "Ultrasound Mediated Therapy: Recent Progress and Challenges in Nanoscience" was accepted for publication in Nano Today. Congratulations to Jiang!NT

07-17-2020    Yufen's review paper entitled "Oral insulin delivery platforms: Strategies to address the biological barriers" was directly accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, and selected as a Very Important Paper (VIP) and a cover paper. Congratulations to Yufen!Angew

07-01-2020    Dr. Wei Chen joined our team as a Postdoctoral Fellow! Welcome!

06-15-2020    Dr. Tao's research article entitled "siRNA nanoparticles targeting CaMKIIγ in lesional macrophages improve atherosclerotic plaque stability in micewith Prof. Ira Tabas's group was accepted for publication in Science Translational Medicine, and selected as a cover paper. [Hilighted by Nature Metabolism] [Hilighted by Science Translational Medicine]STM CoverSTMNat Meta

Cover story:

"Interfering with plaque progression"


"Tiny Particles Keeps Artery Plaques in Check in Mouse Models of Atherosclerosis" by American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)AAAS

"Nanoparticles to target lesional macrophages in atherosclerotic mice" by Nature Reviews Cardiology NRC

"Macrophage-Targeted Gene Therapy to Improve the Atherosclerotic Plaque Stability" by Matter (Cell Press)

04-27-2020    Kuan's research article entitled "Marriage of black phosphorus and Cu2+ as effective photothermal agents for PET-guided combination cancer therapy" was accepted for publication in Nature Communications. Congratulations to Kuan!Nature Commun

04-24-2020    Chan's research article entitled "Monoelemental Germanene-based Theranostic Materials for Surgical Adjuvant Treatment: Inhibiting Tumor Recurrence and Wound Infection" was accepted for publication in Matter (Cell Press), and selected as a cover paper. Congratulations to Chan!Matter 

Highlighted: Preview article by Prof. Jong Seung Kim, "Navigating 2D Monoelemental Materials (Xenes) for Cancer Nanomedicine", Matter (Cell Press), 2020, 3(1): 12-13.

04-03-2020    Na's research article entitled "ROS-Mediated Selective Killing Effect of Black Phosphorus: Mechanistic Understanding and its Guidance for Safe Biomedical Applications" was accepted for publication in Nano Letters. Congratulations to Na!Nano Lett

03-13-2020    Dr. Tao was recognised as one of the Top 10 Outstanding Reviewers for Materials HorizonsHe has been selected for his significant contribution to the journal in 2019, based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports he has completed over the last 12 months. The journal will be publishing the names of the top 10 Outstanding Reviewers on their blog in March and a special Editorial article to recognise and thank them for the important contribution that they make.MH

02-29-2020    Dr. Tao was invited to be a Guest Editor for a topic “Emerging Advances in Bio-Nano Engineered Approaches Toward Intelligent Nanomedicine” in both journals Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences and Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology with Prof. Gang Liu (Xiamen University), and Prof. Lin Mei (Sun Yat-Sen University). The deadline for manuscript submissions is August 26, 2020. We welcome your submissions to either journal!

02-12-2020    Dr. Tao was interviewed and highlighted as a Featured Investigator in the Newsletter (2020 January Edition) by Department of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School (HMS)/Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH)!Featured Investigator

01-31-2020    Julie was nominated as one of the four Distinguished Undergraduate Researchers for 2020 Goldwater Scholarship by Northeastern University. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is a highly competitive, merit-based award for outstanding students in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering who are interested in pursuing careers in research. Congratulations to Julie!

01-13-2020    Dr. Tao's promotion to Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS) has gained approval from the HMS Chairs!HMS

01-08-2020    Chuang Liu joined our team as a joint PhD student! Welcome!


12-06-2019    Zhongmin's review paper entitled "Phosphorus Science oriented Design and Synthesis of Multifunctional Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications" was accepted for publication in Matter (Cell Press). Congratulations to Zhongmin! [Highlighted by Matter]Cell Press

12-01-2019    Yufen Xiao joined our team as a joint PhD student! Welcome!

11-20-2019    Na's research article entitled "Synthetic mRNA nanoparticle-mediated restoration of p53 tumor suppressor sensitizes p53-deficient cancers to mTOR inhibition" was accepted for publication in Science Translational Medicine. Congratulations to Na! [EurekAlert|AAAS] [Medical Xpress] [Highlighted by Harvard Medical School] [Highlighted by ScienceTM] [F1000Prime Recommendation]Sci Transl Med

11-08-2019    Dr. Tao received a 2019 Khoury Innovation Award ($200,000), which is one of the Behrakis Heart and Vascular Center Jr. Faculty Awards, from Cardiovascular Medicine Division, Harvard Medical School (HMS)/Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) for his atherosclerosis project.BWH HVC

10-01-2019    Dr. Tao was awarded a Center for Nanomedicine Research Fund ($500,000), Harvard Medical School (HMS)/Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) for his Nanomedicine project.

09-13-2019    Dr. Tao launched a Research Topic-"Emerging Micro- and Nanotechnologies for Medical and Pharmacological Applications" in Frontiers in Pharmacology together with Prof. Jun Chen (UCLA), Prof. Chao Wang (Soochow University), and Prof. Jianxun Ding (Chinese Academy of Sciences). We welcome your submissions!

08-28-2019    Dr. Zhongmin Tang joined our team as a Postdoctoral Fellow! Welcome!

07-31-2019    Jiang's research article entitled "2D Monoelemental Germanene Quantum Dots: Synthesis as Robust Photothermal Agents for Photonic Cancer Nanomedicine" was accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Congratulations to Jiang!Angew

07-08-2019    Xiaoyuan's research article entitled "Synthesis of Ultrathin Biotite Nanosheets as an Intelligent Theranostic Platform for Combination Cancer Therapy" was accepted for publication in Advanced Science, and selected as a cover paper. Congratulations to Xiaoyuan!Adv Sci

07-08-2019    Dr. Tao was invited to give a talk on "Nano-Bio Interactions: Towards Better Understanding and Accelerated Translational Development of Cancer Nanomedicine" at University of California, Los Angeles by Prof. Ali Khademhosseini. [Read more] [Highlighted by CMIT_LA]UCLA

06-26-2019    Dr. Na Kong rejoined our team as a Postdoctoral Fellow! Welcome!

06-03-2019    Li received a 2019-2020 College of Pharmacy Endowed Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin. Congratulations to Li!

05-23-2019    Dr. Tao's review paper with Prof. Omid C. Farokhzad and Prof. Jong Seung Kim entitled "Emerging two-dimensional monoelemental materials (Xenes) for biomedical applications" was accepted for published in Chemical Society Reviews, and selected as an outside front cover paper. [Highlighted by Chem Soc Rev] [X-MOL]Chem Soc Rev

05-08-2019    Dr. Tao was invited to give a talk on "Two-dimensional (2D) Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications" at Nanomedicine Grand Rounds, HMS/BWH by Prof. Jochen D. Muehlschlegel.

04-15-2019    Dr. Tao's invited Perspective with Prof. Omid C. Farokhzad, Prof. Wolfgang J. Parak, and Prof. Jinjun Shi entitled "Nanobuffering of pH-Responsive Polymers: A Known but Sometimes Overlooked Phenomenon and Its Biological Applications" was published in ACS Nano. [Highlighted by ACS Nano]ACS

04-13-2019    Dr. Tao was awarded a Basic Scientist Grant from Department of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School (HMS)/Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) for his Wound Healing project. [In the news]Department of Anesthesia

04-11-2019    Dr. Tao was selected for the U.S. METAvivor Early Career Investigator Award. METAvivor, which is the only U.S. organization that exclusively funds MBC research through a scientific peer-review process, awards research grants to individuals who are actively engaged in areas of MBC research and whose proposals show distinct promise in making a difference for patients with stage 4 breast cancer. [In the news] [Grants Awarded List]METAvivor

01-05-2019    Jiang Ouyang joined our team as a joint PhD student! Welcome!


11-28-2018    Xiang's research article entitled "Glutathione-Responsive Prodrug Nanoparticles for Effective Drug Delivery and Cancer Therapy" was accepted for published in ACS Nano, and selected as a cover paper. Congratulations to Xiang!ACS Nano

10-29-2018    Dr. Tao received an Outstanding Reviewer Award from Acta Biomaterialia in recognition of the contributions made to the quality of the journal!Acta Biomater

09-17-2018    Our joint research article entitled "Restoration of tumour-growth suppression in vivo via systemic nanoparticle-mediated delivery of PTEN mRNA" was published in Nature Biomedical Engineering. [EurekAlert|AAAS] [ScienceDaily]Nature

07-24-2018    Dr. Tao's research article entitled "Two‐Dimensional Antimonene‐Based Photonic Nanomedicine for Cancer Theranostics" was published in Advanced Materials, and selected as a cover paper. [Highlighted by Advanced Materials]Adv Mater

04-12-2018    Our joint review paper with Prof. Dan Peer and Prof. Jeffrey M. Karp entitled "Progress and challenges towards targeted delivery of cancer therapeutics" was published in Nature Communications.Nature Commun

03-27-2018    Xianbing's research article entitled "Intracellular Mechanistic Understanding of 2D MoS2 Nanosheets for Anti-Exocytosis-Enhanced Synergistic Cancer Therapy" was published in ACS Nano. Congratulations to Xianbing!ACS

02-28-2018    Dr. Tao was promoted to be Instructor, a junior faculty member in the Center for Nanomedicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS)/Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).HMS

Before 2018

10-23-2017    Li's research article entitled "Intracellular Fate of Nanoparticles with Polydopamine Surface Engineering and a Novel Strategy for Exocytosis-Inhibiting, Lysosome Impairment-Based Cancer Therapy" was published in Nano Letters. Congratulations to Li!Nano Lett

09-15-2017    Dr. Tao's research article entitled "Antimonene Quantum Dots: Synthesis and Application as Near‐Infrared Photothermal Agents for Effective Cancer Therapy" was published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, and selected as a cover paper. [Highlighted by Angew] [In the news]Angew

01-02-2017    Dr. Tao's research article entitled "Black Phosphorus Nanosheets as a Robust Delivery Platform for Cancer Theranostics" was published in Advanced Materials, and selected as a cover paper. [Highlighted by Advanced Materials] [Materials Views]Adv Mater

04-19-2016    Dr. Tao joined Prof. Omid C. Farokhzad's team as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School (HMS).