Shaoqin (Sarah) Gong, PhD

Shaoqin (Sarah) Gong, PhD

Vilas Distinguished Professor, Advancing Vision Science Chair Professor, and RRF Edwin and Dorothy Gamewell Professor, (608) 316-4311


Research Interests

Dr. 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. Ongoing efforts and interests include:

  • 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,  eye diseases, and brain diseases).
  • CRISPR genome editing
  • Cancer immunotherapy
  • Tissue engineering scaffolds
  • Antimicrobial materials
  • Multifunctional polymer nanocomposites for various applications including flexible electronics, supercapacitors, nanogenerators, and sensors.

See a full list of publications here or on Google Scholar.


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


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


  • RRF Edwin and Dorothy Gamewell Professor, 2022-Present
  • Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • Editorial Board Member: Biomaterials, Biofabrication, Theranostics, and Nanotheranostics
  • Advisory Board Member: Biomaterials Science
  • Associate Editor for Biomaterials, 2014-2015
  • WARF Innovation Award 2021
  • Kellett Mid-Career Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2018-2023
  • Vilas Associate Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2014-2016
  • Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship 2014-Present
  • Advancing Vision Science Professorship 2021-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
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2007-2012
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Outstanding Faculty 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