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Seminar Talk: Bioinspired organs-on-chips by Prof. Yuanjin Zhao

On July 2, 2020, at the invitation of Professor Feng Shi, the State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Professor Yuanjin Zhao made a wonderful online academic report to our teachers and students at the Tencent Meeting.
      In the report of "Bioinspired organs-on-chips", Professor Yuanjin Zhao, firstly introduced the application of microfluidics and functional biomaterials. Then, scaffold biomaterials for liver-on a-chip, responsive biomaterials for heart-on-a-chip and microfluidic barcode particles for bioassays were introduced in detail. As an emerging hot research field, the main goal of organs-on-chips is to simulate the environment of organisms for cell, tissue and organ culture, and to study and control the biological behavior of cells in vitro culture, so as to realize organ transplantation and drug evaluation that can simulate the environment of organisms. In recent years, the research group of Professor Yuanjin Zhao has conducted in-depth research on the relationship between structure and function of biomedical materials, and prepared a series of biomaterials with structure and function specificity by using microfluidic technology.
     At the end of the report, teachers and students have in-depth communications with Professor Yuanjin Zhao in different directions.
   Profile of Professor Yuanjin Zhao.
      Yuanjin Zhao, professor and doctoral supervisor of Nanjing University, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Leading scientific and technological talents under the National "Ten Thousand Talents Plan", Winner of National Excellent Youth Fund and Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars of Jiangsu Provence. In 2006, Professor Zhao received his bachelor's degree in clinical medicine from Southeast University. From 2009 to 2010, he was a research scholar in the Prof. David A. Weitz’s group at Harvard University. In 2011, he graduated from Southeast University with a doctorate in engineering and stay on here to work. In 2012, he was promoted to associate researcher. In 2013, he was selected into the "Supported by Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University" of the Ministry of Education and the "Six Talent Peaks" funding plan of Jiangsu Province. In 2014, he won the " Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars of Jiangsu Provence ". In 2015, he was promoted to researcher and distinguished Professor, and won the "National Outstanding Youth Fund" and the "Youth Chemistry Prize of The Chinese Chemical Society”. In 2016, he was selected into the 333 High-level Talent Training Project of Jiangsu province. In 2017, he was selected as one of China's "New Science and Technology Figures". In 2018, he was selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Young and Middle-aged Leading Science and Technology Talents of the Ministry of Science and Technology. In 2019, he was selected as the national scientific and technological innovation leading talent of "Ten Thousand Talents Plan". In 2020, he won the "Outstanding Young Scientist Award of Chinese Chemical Society”. His current scientific interests include microfluidics, ferrofluids, biomaterials and tissue engineering, and organs-on-chips. He has published more than 220 SCI papers, of which more than 80 IF > 10, and his papers have been cited more than 7,700 times (H factor is 46). He has published 7 papers in Journals of Nature or Science, 4 papers in PNAS, and 16 papers in others famous academic journals such as Adv. Mater., JACS, Angew.chem.int. Ed., Chem. Rev., Chem. soc. Rew., Acc. Chem. Res. and so on as the first author or corresponding author. He has applied for 102 patents, of which 41 have been authorized and 2 have been transferred.