Jianjun Cheng


Dr. Cheng is an associate professor of material science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He obtained a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Nankai University, China, in 1993, and a M.S. degree in chemistry from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1996, and a Ph.D. degree in materials science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2001. He was a senior scientist and a project leader at Insert Therapeutics, Inc. in 2001-2004. After working as a postdoctoral fellow at MIT from 2004 to 2005, he joined the faculty of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005. He is affiliated with the Department of Bioengineering, Department of Chemistry, and Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Beckman Institute, Institute of Genomic Biology, and the Cancer Center of the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received a Prostate Cancer Foundation Competitive Award (2007), a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2008), a Xerox Award for Outstanding Research (2010), and a NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (2010).

Dr. Cheng’s research has focused on developing translational bionanotechnology for cancer targeting, treatment and diagnosis. Specifically, he has been working on polymeric and silica nanomedicine for cancer treatment and diagnosis, aptamer mediated breast and prostate cancer targeting and therapy, and gene and protein delivery.


Nanoparticle, polymer-drug conjugate, aptamer, targeting, drug and gene delivery

More Information

Visit http://www.matse.illinois.edu/faculty/Cheng.html to learn more about Dr. Cheng, or visit http://cheng.matse.illinois.edu/publications/pubication.html for publication information.

*University of Illinois Cancer Center Member