Curriculum Vitae
Full Name Zhen Gu
Position / Job Title Professor
Affiliation University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Zhen Gu is a Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Director of the NIH Biotechnology Training in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Gu received his B.S. degree in Chemistry and M.S. degree in Polymer Chemistry and Physics from Nanjing University. In 2010, he obtained Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UCLA. He was a Postdoctoral Associate working with Dr. Robert Langer at MIT and Harvard Medical School during 2010 to 2012. Before he moved to UCLA in 2018, he had been appointed as a Jackson Family Distinguished Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. Dr. Gu’s group studies controlled drug delivery, biomaterials and cell therapy. He has published over 190 research papers and applied over 80 patents. He is a co-founder of five start-up companies, including Zenomics and ZenCapsule. The highlights of his inventions include glucose-responsive “smart insulin patch” and “platelets-delivered immunotherapy”. Dr. Gu serves as an Associate Editor for Science Advances and Nano Research. He is the recipient of the Felix Franks Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2019), Biomaterials Science Lectureship Award (2018), Young Investigator Award of CRS (2017), Sloan Research Fellowship (2016) and Pathway Award of the American Diabetes Association (ADA, 2015). MIT Technology Review listed him in 2015 as one of the top innovators under the age of 35 (TR35). He was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2019.