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Principle Investigator

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Xiaoran Hu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Syracuse University 2-050 CST

Affiliation: BioInspired Institute

Email: xhu156 [at]

Office Phone: (315)443-9489

Biography: Xiaoran grew up in Henan province in China and received a B.S. from Nanjing University. During his doctoral studies with Prof. Samuel Thomas at Tufts University, Xiaoran developed strategies to control the self-assembly of polymers with light. Xiaoran then conducted his postdoctoral research in polymer mechanochemistry at Caltech, mentored by Prof. Maxwell Robb. After that, Xiaoran joined Prof. Shaoyi Jiang and Prof. Geoffrey Coates's groups at Cornell, where Xiaoran focused his efforts on the design, synthesis, and understanding of lipids and polymers for gene delivery applications. Xiaoran joined the faculty at Syracuse University in 2022.


Postdoc, 2021-2022, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering & Dept of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell

Postdoc, 2017-2021, Division of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2017, Tufts University

B.Sc. in Chemistry, 2010, Nanjing University

Honors and Awards

2019 ACS PMSE Distinguished Poster Nominee

2018 Finalist, ACS Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science

2016 Tufts Graduate Student Research Competition Award

2016 Graduate Research Excellence at Tufts Fellowship

2016 Tufts Graduate Student Travel Award

Postdoctoral Researchers

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Dr. Xuancheng Fu

B.S., Jilin University, China

Ph.D., Chinese Academy of Sciences (Institute of Chemistry)

Xuancheng was raised in Jilin, China. He received his Ph.D. degree from ICCAS under the guidance of Professor Shu Wang, developing light-responsive biomaterials. Before joining Syracuse, Xuancheng was a lecturer at Beijing Sports University, where he conducted research on Point-of-Care Testing methods for doping detection. Xuancheng is interested in developing advanced materials systems for gene therapy applications. (NetID: xfu122)

Graduate and Undergraduate Students

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Bowen Xu

Doctoral Student, 2022-present

B.E., Hefei University of Technology, China

M.S., University of Southern California

Bowen was raised in Xi'an, China. He received a master degree from USC before moving to Syracuse. Bowen is interested in developing gene-delivery materials. Outside of the lab, Bowen is an energetic person who likes basketball, skiing, and travel. (NetID: bxu102) 

Join Us Our lab is recruiting graduate and undergraduate students with interest in: organic synthesis, polymer and materials science, drug delivery.

We are committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive group culture where researchers from diverse backgrounds are equally welcomed and respected. 

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