Shaoqin (Sarah) Gong

Sarah Gong
Kellett Mid-Career Award 2018-2023
Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor

330 North Orchard Street, Room 4166
Madison WI 53715
Joined WID: 2010

Creating nanomedicines and nanomaterials for human health and sustainable energy applications.


  • BS, Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • BS, Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • MS, Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Research Description

Prof. Gong's research group focuses on the design, synthesis/fabrication, and characterization of novel materials and devices. Many of our on-going projects are multidisciplinary, bridging engineering with materials science, chemistry, and the life sciences. Some of our on-going efforts include:

  1. Multifunctional nanocarriers (e.g., unimolecular nanoparticles, polymer micelles and vesicles, polymer nanocages, functionalized inorganic nanoparticles) for combined delivery of therapeutic and diagnostic agents which can be used to treat and diagnose various types of diseases (e.g., cancers, vascular diseases, liver diseases, and eye diseases).
  2. Biomaterials (e.g., tissue engineering scaffolds).
  3. Multifunctional polymer nanocomposites for various applications including flexible electronics, supercapacitors, nanogenerators, actuators, and sensors.
  4. Cellulose nanofibril (CNF)-based aerogels.


  • Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
  • Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Department of Chemistry
  • University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
  • University of Wisconsin Eye Institute


  • Member of the Editorial Board for the following Journals: Biomaterials, Biofabrication, Theranostics, Nanotheranostics, and Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy
  • Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • Associate Editor for Biomaterials, 2014-2015
  • Vilas Associate Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2014-2016
  • Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship 2014-Present
  • Board of Director for Chinese American Society of Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology 2016-Present
  • National Institutes of Health Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award 2013-2018
  • Kellett Mid-Career Award, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2008-2013
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2007-2012
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Outstanding Research Award 2007
  • Society for Information Display Award 1998
  • Pre-doctoral Fellowship University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 1997-1998
  • Barbour Fellowship University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1996-1997