Rao, Lang


Rao, Lang


Institute of Biomedical Health Technology and Engineering

Junior Principal Investigator


  • 2020 - Present

    Shenzhen Bay Laboratory         Junior Principal Investigator

  • 2019 - 2020

    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health (NIH)         Postdoc

  • 2018 - 2019

    Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center         Postdoc

  • 2013 - 2018

    Wuhan University         PhD

  • 2009 - 2013

    Wuhan University         Bachelor

Research Areas

My research aims to create cutting-edge biomimetic nanotechnology and exploit them to study and solve complex biological problems that are associated with human diseases. One major research goal is to overcome the various therapeutic barriers in the treatment of cancer and viral infection. I also seek to understand the fundamental sciences at the interface of nanomedicine and biology. Overall, my research program covers a broad scope of multidisciplinary areas including chemistry, materials science, nanotechnology, biotechnology and medicine.



• 2022 Excellent Youth Fund, National Science Foundation of China

• 2022 May-First Labor Medal, Shenzhen

• 2021 Overseas High-Caliber Personnel, Shenzhen

• 2017   Future Scientist Award, Biomaterials



Selected Publications

1. D. Wu*, K. YangL. Rao*, X. Chen*, & G. Yu*. Metal-free bioorthogonal click chemistry in cancer theranostics. Chem. Soc. Rev., 2022, 51, 1336-1376.

2. Q.-F. Meng, Y. Zhao, C. Dong, Y. Pan, L. Liu, J. Lai, Z. Liu, G.-T. Yu*, X. Chen*, & L. Rao*. Genetically Programmable Fusion Cellular Vesicles for Cancer Immunotherapy. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2021, 60, 26320-26326.

3. Q.-F. Meng, R. Tian, H. Long, X. Wu, J. Lai, O. Zharkova, J.-W. Wang*, X. Chen*, & L. Rao*. Capturing Cytokines with Advanced Materials: A Potential Strategy to Tackle COVID-19 Cytokine Storm. Adv. Mater., 2021, 33, 2100012.

4. L. Rao, S. Xia, W. Xu, R. Tian, G. Yu, C. Gu, P. Pan, Q.-F. Meng, X. Cai, D. Qu, L. Lu*, Y. Xie*, S. Jiang*, and X. Chen*. Decoy nanoparticles protect against COVID-19 by concurrently adsorbing viruses and inflammatory cytokines. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2020, 117, 202014352. (Featured as Cover; Highlighted by The Scientist; Chemistry Views; Inverse; Infosurhoy; Scitech Daily).

5. L. Rao, L. Wu, Z. Liu, R. Tian, G. Yu, Z. Zhou, K. Yang, H.-G. Xiong, A. Zhang, G.-T. Yu, W. Sun, H. Xu, J. Guo, A. Li, H. Chen*, Z.-J. Sun*, Y.-X. Fu*, & X. Chen*. Hybrid cellular membrane nanovesicles amplify macrophage immune responses against cancer recurrence and metastasis. Nat. Commun., 2020, 11, 4909.