Meet the Innovators Under 35

Zhen Gu, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University

Diabetics are tired of sticking themselves with needles. Someday they may not have to.

Zhen Gu, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University

Zhen Gu is an assistant professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and North Carolina State University (NCSU). He also holds positions in UNC's Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Department of Medicine. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in polymer chemistry and physics from Nanjing University in China, followed by a PhD from the University of California-Los Angeles, where he studied chemical and biomolecular engineering. He was a postdoctoral associate with Professors Robert Langer and Daniel Anderson at MIT and Harvard Medical School. His current research focuses on leveraging physiological signals for “programmed” drug delivery, especially for cancer and diabetes treatment. Among other awards, he received a Young Innovator Award in Cellular and Molecular Engineering from the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the Sigma Xi Young Faculty Research Award from the NCSU chapter of the scientific research society.

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Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.