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Hu Yang, Ph.D.

Hu Yang, Ph.D.

Qimonda Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Phone: (804) 828-5459
Fax: (804) 827-4454

Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
East Hall, Room E2242
401 West Main Street
P.O. Box 843067
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3067


  • B.E., chemical fiber/polymeric materials, Sichuan University, 1998
  • Ph.D., chemical engineering, University of Akron, 2004


  • Qimonda Professorship, 2010
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2010
  • Wallace Coulter Foundation Translational Research Award, 2009

Research topics

  • Biomaterials
  • Cancer research
  • Dendrimer
  • Drug delivery
  • Gene therapy
  • Nanoparticles
  • Nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • Smart polymeric materials and structures
  • Tissue engineering

Classes taught

  • Biomaterials
  • Biotransport processes

Selected publications

  1. Donald Aduba, Jr., Jeremy A. Hammer, Quan Yuan, W. Andrew Yeudall, Gary L. Bowlin, Hu Yang, Semi-interpenetrating gelatin nanofiber scaffolds for oral mucosal drug delivery, Acta Biomaterialia (2013), 9(5), 6576-84.
  2. Hu Yang, Christopher T. Leffler, Hybrid dendrimer hydrogel/poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticle platform(HDNP): An advanced vehicle for topical delivery of ophthalmic drugs and a likely solution to improving compliance and adherence in glaucoma management, Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2013), 29(2), 166-72.
  3. Olga Y. Zolotarskaya, Quan Yuan, Kenneth J. Wynne, Hu Yang, Synthesis and characterization of clickable cytocompatible poly(ethylene glycol)-grafted polyoxetane brush polymers, Macromolecules (2013), 46(1), 63-71.
  4. Olga Yu. Zolotarskaya, Alison F. Wagner, Jason M. Beckta, Kristoffer Valerie, Kenneth J. Wynne, Hu Yang, Synthesis of water soluble camptothecin-polyoxetane conjugates via click chemistry, Molecular Pharmaceutics (2012), 9(11), 3403-3408.
  5. Khushboo Sharma, Olga Y. Zolotarskaya, Kenneth J. Wynne, Hu Yang, Poly(ethylene glycol)-armed hyperbranched polyoxetanes for anticancer drug delivery, Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers (2012), 27, 525-539.
  6. Hu Yang, Puneet Tyagi, Rajendra S. Kadam, Christopher A. Holden, and Uday B. Kompella, Hybrid dendrimer gel/PLGA nanoparticle platform sustains drug delivery for one week and antiglaucoma effects for four days following one-time topical administration, ACS Nano (2012), 6(9), 7595-7606.
  7. Isaac Rodriguez, Parthasarathy Madurantakam, Jennifer McCool, Scott Sell, Hu Yang, Peter Moon, Gary L. Bowlin, Mineralization potential of electrospun PDO-hydroxyapatite-fibrinogen blended scaffolds, International Journal of Biomaterials(2012), volume 2012, 12 pages.
  8. Chaitali Ghosh, Nicola Marchi, Mohammed Hossain, Peter Rasmussen, Andreas V. Alexopoulos, Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez, Hu Yang, Damir Janigro, A pro-convulsive carbamazepine metabolite: quinolinic acid in drug resistant epileptic human brain, Neurobiology of Disease (2012), 46(3):692-700.
  9. Laura Biddlestone-Thorpe, Nicola Marchi, Kathy Guo, Chaitali Ghosh, Damir Janigro, Kristoffer Valerie, Hu Yang, Nanomaterial-mediated CNS delivery of diagnostic and therapeutic agents, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews (2012), 64(7), 605-613.
  10. Christopher A. Holden*, Puneet Tyagi*, Ashish Thakur, Rajendra Kadam, Gajanan Jadhav, Uday B. Kompella, Hu Yang, Polyamidoamine dendrimer hydrogel for enhanced delivery of antiglaucoma drugs, Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine, (* co-first author) (2012), 8(5), 776-783.