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Weihong Tan

Updated: 2021-09-03


PH.D.,Professor, CASM

The Institute of Cancer and Basic Medicine, CAS, China


Jan. 1982, 

Graduated from Hunan Normal University with his B. Sc. in chemistry; 

Oct. 1985,  

Graduated from the Chinese Academy of Science with his M. Sc. in physical chemistry; 

Dec. 1992, 

Graduated from the University of Michigan with his Ph.D. in physical chemistry; 

Mar. 2010, 

Director of the State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics of Hunan University; 

Aug. 2017, 

Vice President of Hunan University. 

Research Areas and Honors

Prof. Tan focuses on the general area of Bioanalytical Chemistry and Chemistry Biology. He specializes in bioanalysis, molecular engineering, and DNA nanotechnology and biosensors. He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed scientific papers on world’s leading academic journals, such as Science, PNAS, and Nature. According to Thomson Reuters, he was among the small, prestigious group of Highly Cited Researchers in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The total citations of his publications exceed 36,500 with an H-index of 102 (SCI Web of Science). He has received many awards and honors, including the first prize of Natural Science Award of the Ministry of Education (2011); ACS Florida Achievement Award (2012); first prize of the Hunan Province Natural Science Award (2013); and, second prize of the National Natural Science Award in China (2014). He was elected fellow of the American Association for the Advanced Science (AAAS) (2015); CAS academician (2015); and, TWAS academician (2016). 

Selected Publications

1.Quan Yuan, Yunfei Zhang, Yan Chen, Ruowen Wang, Chaoling Du, Emir Yasun, Weihong Tan,* Using silver nanowire antennas to enhance the conversion efficiency of photoresponsive DNA nanomotors, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2011,108, 9331-9336. 

2. KelongWang, MingxuYou, Yan Chen, Da Han, Zhi Zhu, Jin Huang, Kathryn Williams, Chaoyong James Yang,* Weihong Tan,* Self-Assembly of a Bifunctional DNA Carrier for Drug Delivery. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2011, 50, 6098-6101. 

3.Liu Yang, Ling Meng, Yan Chen, Xiaoibing Zhang, Guizhi Zhu, Haipeng Liu, Kwame Sefah, Zhi Zhu and Weihong Tan*, Engineering Polymeric Aptamers for Selective Cytotoxicity, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2011, 133, 13380–13386. 

4.Tao Chen, Mohammed I. Shukoor, Ruowen Wang, Zilong Zhao, Quan Yuan, Suwussa Bamrungsap, Xiangling Xiong, Weihong Tan*, Smart Multifunctional Nanostructure for Targeted Cancer Chemotherapy and Magnetic Resonance Imaging, ACS Nano, 2011, 5, 7866-7873. 

5.Yanrong Wu, Kwame Sefah, Haipeng Liu, Ruowen Wang, and Weihong Tan*, DNA Aptamer-Micelle as an Efficient Detection/Delivery Vehicle toward Cancer Cells, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2010, 107, 5-10.