Principal Investigator


Dr. Jie Zheng


Research Assistant Professor


Dr. Mengxiao Yu


Postdoctoral Fellows


Dr. Shaoheng Tang


Dr. Juanzhu Yan


PhD Candidates


Ms. Bujie Du


Mr. Xingya Jiang


Mr. Xuhui Ning


Mr. Chuanqi Peng


Ms. Jing Xu


Mr. Yingyu Huang


Mr. Qinhan Zhou


Ms. Siqing Li



Graduate Students


Ms. Samira Ahrari


Mr. Yue Chong


Undergraduate Students


Ms. Lirit


Mr. Jason Lin


Ms. Diksha Verma


Visisting Professor


Linxi Shi


Former Group Members


Dr. Jinbin Liu (Postdoc)

Dr. Shengyang Yang (Postdoc)

Dr. Jing Yu (Postdoc)

Dr. Zhanghua Zeng (Postdoc)

Dr. Liang Zhao (Postdoc)


Ms. Jennifer Chilek (Graduate)

Dr. Chen Zhou (Graduate)

Dr. Shasha Sun (Graduate)

Dr. Rodrigo Vinluan III (Graduate)

Ms. Jessica Jacobe (Graduate)

Dr. Jing Xu (Graduate)



Ms. Sheby Alexander (Undergraduate)

Mr. Chris Alameddin (Undergraduate)

Mr. Michael Anyirah (Undergraduate)

Mr. Sishan Chen (Undergraduate) 

Mr. Giovanni Contello (Undergraduate) 

Mr. Andrew Dean (Undergraduate) 

Ms. Melissa Gannaway (Undergraduate)

Ms. Julia Hankins (Undergraduate)

Ms. Grace Kong (Undergraduate)

Mr. Stephen McMahon (Undergraduate)

Mr. Husain Mogri (Undergraduate)

Mr. Ali Mozayan (Undergraduate)

Mr. Justin Sullins (Undergraduate)

Mr. Joel Taylor (Undergraduate)

Mr. Jonathan Wang (Undergraduate)

Mr. Greg Zhang (Undergraduate)

Mr. Anthony Dao (Undergraduate)

Ms. Phoebe Carter (Undergraduate)



Ms. Chelsea Carson (High School)

Ms. Karen Chen (High School)

Ms. Clare Jensen (High School)

Ms. Rebecca John (High School)

Ms. Amy Xia (High School)

Mr. Robert Yao (High School)


Bujie Du 


PhD candidate



Office: NSERL 2.440



Mailing Address:


BE26, The University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W Campbell Rd. Richardson, TX 75080


Education Background


Ph.D. Department of Chemistry, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2014-present.


B.S. Chemistry, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China, 2014.

Research Area


Luminescent Metal Nanoparticles Synthesis and Biological Application.


Honors and Awards

Chinese Government award for outstanding self-financed students aboard. 2019

IKA Graduate Research Leadership Fellowship Award. 2019

Outstanding Graduate, Beijing Education Committee, 2014.

National Scholarship, Beijing Institute of Technology, 2013. 

Triple-A Student Award, Beijing Education Committee, 2012.


9. C. Q. Peng, J. Xu, M. X. Yu, X. H. Ning, Y. Y. Huang, B. J. Du, E. Hernandez, P. Kapur, J. T. Hsieh, J. Zheng. Tuning in vivo transport of anticancer drugs with renal‐clearable gold nanoparticles. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201903256 (2019).

8. X. Jiang, B. Du, S. Tang, J.-T. Hsieh, J. Zheng, Photoacoustic Imaging of Nanoparticle Transport in the Kidneys at High Temporal Resolution. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 5994.

7. Jiang, X., Du, B., Huang, Y. and Zheng, J., 2018. Ultrasmall noble metal nanoparticles: Breakthroughs and biomedical implications. Nano Today.2018

6. B. J. Du, M. X. Yu, J. Zheng. Transport and interactions of nanoparticles in the kidneys. Nature Reviews Materials, 3, 358 (2018).

5. Bujie Du, Xingya Jiang, Anindita Das, Qinhan Zhou, Mengxiao Yu, Rongchao Jin, Jie Zheng, "Glomerular barrier behaves as an atomically precise bandpass filter in a sub-nanometre regime" Nature Nanotechnology, 2017 DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2017.170

4. Shaoheng Tang, Chuanqi Peng, Jing Xu, Bujie Du, Qinxiao Wang, Rodrigo D. Vinluan, Mengxiao Yu, Moon J. Kim and Jie Zheng. “Tailoring Renal Clearance and Tumor Targeting of Ultrasmall Metal Nanoparticles with Particle Density”. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 16039 -16043

3. Chuanqi Peng, Xiaofei Gao, Jing Xu, Bujie Du, Xuhui Ning, Shaoheng Tang, Robert M. Bachoo, Mengxiao Yu, Woo Ping Ge and Jie Zheng "Targeting orthotopic gliomas with renal-clearable luminescent gold nanoparticles." Nano Research, 2017, 4, 1366-1376

2. X.Y. Jiang, B.J. Du, M.X. Yu, X. Jia, J. Zheng. "Surface-Ligand Effect on Radiosensitization of Ultrasmall Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles", J. Innov. Opt. Health. Sci., 9(04), 1642003.

1. M. X. Yu, J. C. Zhou, B. J. Du, X. H. Ning, C. Authement, L. Gandee, P. Kapur, J. T. Hsieh, J. Zheng. “Noninvasive Staging of Kidney Dysfunction Enabled by Renal Clearable Luminescent Gold Nanoparticles”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 55, 2787-2791 (2016) (Highlighted as VIP).


















































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Tel: 972-883-5768 (Dr. Zheng), 972-883-5769 (Lab)