Dr Jon (Xiubo) Zhao

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Senior Lecturer

Foundation Year Tutor

Dr Xiubo Zhao
xiubo.zhao@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 8256

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Dr Jon (Xiubo) Zhao
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Kroto LG17
North Campus
Broad Lane
Sheffield
S3 7HQ
Profile

I obtained a BEng in Biochemical Engineering from China in 2003 and a PhD from The University of Manchester in January 2007, working on biocompatible polymers for gene delivery.

Following my PhD I was a postdoctoral research fellow for 5 years at the University of Manchester working on peptide self-assembly, biointerfaces, and biosensors.

In 2012, I joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield as a Lecturer. I was the first year tutor from 2013-16 and took on the role of Engineering Foundation Year Admissions Tutor from September 2016.

Research interests
  • Nanomedicine: Using de novo designed self-assembling peptides as antimicrobial and anticancer agents and vectors for gene delivery; developing silk/magnetic nanoparticles for drug delivery.
  • Bioprinting: Reactive inkjet printing of biomaterials (e.g. silk) as tissue culture scaffolds and swimming devices and biosensors for biomedical applications.
  • Biointerfaces: Biomolecular assembly and interaction at interfaces for biosensor applications.

Our recent work of biocompatible silk micro-rockets has received media attentions:

Further information

Publications

Journal articles

Chapters

Conference proceedings papers

  • Gregory DA, Zhang Y, Smith PJ, Ebbens SJ & Zhao X (2016) Altering the Bubble Release of Reactive Inkjet Printed Silk Micro-rockets. International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies, Vol. 2016 (pp 452-456), 12 September 2016 - 12 September 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zhang Y, Gregory DA, Smith PJ & Zhao X (2016) Regenerated silk fibroin as an inkjet printable biomaterial. International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies, Vol. 2016 (pp 406-409), 12 September 2016 - 16 September 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zhao X, Yaseen M, Pan F & Lu JR (2012) Structural Insight of Antibody Adsorption for Improved Bioactivity and Detection. PROTEINS AT INTERFACES III: STATE OF THE ART, Vol. 1120 (pp 543-+) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zhao XB, Zhang ZQ, Pan F, Ma YH, Armes SP, Lewis AL & Lu JR (2006) DNA immobilization using biocompatible diblock phosphorylcholine copolymers. SURFACE AND INTERFACE ANALYSIS, Vol. 38(4) (pp 548-551) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zhao X, Pan F & Lu JR (2005) Adsorption of polyethyleneimine characterized by spectroscopic ellipsometry. PROGRESS IN NATURAL SCIENCE-MATERIALS INTERNATIONAL, Vol. 15 (pp 56-59) RIS download Bibtex download

Other

Grants
  • EPSRC, PI, Fabrication of antibody functionalized silk fibroin micro-well arrays using reactive inkjet printing for circulating tumour cell capture (2016-19)
  • EPSRC, Co-I, Printable micro-rockets for rapid medical diagnosis and biomarker detection (2016-18)
  • EPSRC, Co-I, Engineering novel antimicrobial peptide surfaces (2016-17)
  • EPSRC, PI, Engineering smart 3D silk fibroin tissue culture scaffolds using reactive inkjet printing (2015-16)
  • Royal Society, PI, Novel anticancer peptides for targeted delivery of siRNA into cancer cells (2015-17)
Teaching activities
  • BIE201 - Advanced Bioengineering Topics
  • CPE1002 - Chemical Process Principles 1
  • CPE3003 - Advanced Chemical Engineering (Chemical Reaction Engineering)
  • CPE401 - MEng (Chemical Engineering) Research Projects
  • CPE6010/6011 - MSc Research Projects