Research Associate Scientist Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Yongli Chen, research associate scientist, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Southern University of science and technology. The main research interest is focus on the polymeric microneedles design for drug delivery. She obtained Bachelor degree from department of pharmacy of Guangzhou University of Chinese medicine in 2012, and obtained Ph.D. of chemistry from Peking University in 2018. Then her postdoctoral work in Sun Yat-sen University from 2018 to 2020. She has published 9 academic papers in the international well-known journals such as Analytical Chemistry, ACS Applied Materials & interfaces, with a total of 105 citations.

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Ph.D, Chemistry, Sep 2012-Jan 2018

State Key Laboratory of Chemical Oncogenomics, Peking University of Shenzhen Graduated School, Shenzhen, China, Supervisor: Shuo Lin

State Key Laboratory of Chemical Oncogenomics, Tsinghua Shenzhen International Gradute school, Shenzhen, China. (Cooperation research)

Bachelor, Pharmacy, Sep 2008-Jun 2012

Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China.


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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Feb 2018-June 2020

School of Marine Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China

Department of Pharmacy, Shenzhen Polytechnic, Shenzhen, China


Polymeric microneedles design for drug delivery;

Tumor diagnosis based on the nanotechnology

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1. Yongli Chen,Yiwen Xian, Andrew J Carrier, Brian Youden, Mark Servos, Shufen Cui, Tiangang Luan, sujing Lin*, Xu Zhang*, A simple and cost-effective approach to fabricate polymeric microneedle patches for controllable transdermal drug delivery. RSC advances 2020, 10, 15541-15546.

2.Xiliu Zeng, parbeen Singh, Xiaowu Chen, Yikun Yang, Yongli Chen*, Shufen Cui, Andrew Carrier, Ken Oakes, Tiangang Luan,Xu Zhang*, Quantitation of polymeric-microneedle-delivered HA15 in tissues using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis 2020, 185, 113230.

3.Yongli Chen, Yikun Yang, Yiwen Xian, Parbeen Singh, Jinglong Feng, Shufen Cui, Andrew J. Carrie, Ken D. Oakes, Tiangang Luan, Xu Zhang*, Multifunctional Graphene-Oxide-Reinforced Dissolvable Polymeric Microneedles for Transdermal Drug Delivery.ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2019, 12, 352-360.

4.Parbeen Singh, Andrew J. Carrier,Yongli Chen*, Sujing Lin, Jinlin Wang, Shufen Cui, Xu Zhang*, Polymeric microneedles for controlled transdermal drug delivery. Journal of Controlled Release 2019, 315, 97-113.

5.Yongli Chen, Wei Wang, Deependra Tyagi, Andrew J. Carrier, Shufen Cui, Shengnan He*, Xu Zhang*. Non-invasive isolation of rare circulating tumor cells with a DNA mimic of double-sided tape using multimeric aptamers. Nanoscale 2019, 11, 5879-5883.

6.Yongli Chen,Deependra Tyagi, Mingsheng Lyu, Andrew J. Carrier, Collins, Nganou, Brian Youden, Wei Wang, Shufen Cui, Mark Servos, Ken Oakes, Shengnan He*, Xu Zhang*. A regenerative NanoOctopus based on multivalentaptamer functionalized magnetic microparticles for effective cell capture in whole blood. Anal Chem 2019, 91 (6), 4017-4022.

7.Yongli Chen, Dan Gao*, Yanwei Wang, Shuo Lin, Yuyang Jiang* A novel 3D breast-cancer-on-chip platform for therapeutic evaluation of drug delivery systems. Anal Chim Acta 2018, 1036, 97-106.

8.Yongli Chen, Dan Gao*, Hangrui Bai, Hongxia Liu, Shuo Lin, Yuyang Jiang*. Carbon Dots and 9AA as a Binary Matrix for the Detection of Small Molecules by Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry J Am Soc Mass Spectr 2016, 27(7), 1227-1235.

9.Yongli Chen, Dan Gao, Hongxia Liu, Shuo Lin, Yuyang Jiang*. Drug cytotoxicity and signaling pathway analysis with three-dimensional tumor spheroids in a microwell-based microfluidic chip for drug screening. Anal Chim Acta 2015, 898, 85-92.

10.Yu Mao, Yongli Chen, Song Li, Shuo Lin, Yuyang Jiang*. A Graphene-Based Biosensing Platform Based on Regulated Release of an Aptameric DNA Biosensor. Sensors 2015, 15, 28244-28256.

11.Yanwei Wang, Dan Gao*, Yongli Chen, Guangnan Hu, Hongxia Liu, Yuyang Jiang Development of N,S-doped carbon dots as a novel matrix for the analysis of small molecules by negative ion MALDI-TOF MS.RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 79043-79049.

12.Xiaojian Shao, Dan Gao*, Chen, Feng. Jin, Guangnan. Hu, Yuyang. Jiang, Hongxia. Liu*, Development of a blood-brain barrier model in a membrane-based microchip for characterization of drug permeability and cytotoxicity for drug screening. Anal. Chim. Acta 2016, 934, 186-193.

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The Department of Biomedical Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, seeks outstanding applicants for full-time tenure-track/tenured positions. The positions are open for both junior and senior-level applicants. While exceptional candidates in any area are welcome to apply, the primary focus for this search is in the areas of biomedical/medical imaging, bioMEMS, mechanomedicine, regenerative medicine, wearable devices/wireless monitoring, and biomedical data science. We are especially interested in individuals who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of our academic community. Further information of the department and facilities can be found at

An outstanding start-up package will be provided for the successful candidate. Applicants must have earned Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering or a relevant field, and demonstrated excellent qualifications in research and education. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

All applicants should submit the following documents to in PDF format: (1) a detailed resume, (2) a statement of research and teaching interests, (3) up to three representative publications, and (4) the names and contact information of at least three references.

Established in 2012, the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) is a public institution funded by the City of Shenzhen, , 17 min by high speed train from Hong Kong. Shenzhen is China's fast-growing city in the past two decades, having become the city with the highest per capita revenue from a fishing village. The city is the high-tech and manufacturing hub of China.

The Southern University of Science and Technology is a pioneer in higher education reform in China. The mission of the University is to become a globally recognized institution which emphasizes academic excellence and promotes innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. The teaching language at SUSTech is bilingual, either English or Mandarin. According to Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2019, SUSTech ranked the 8th in mainland China.

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