xzDr Xiubo Zhao

Senior Lecturer

Foundation Year Tutor

F11 Kroto Building 


T: +44 (0)114 222 8256

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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 

Current grants awarded

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)


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


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