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Wei Tao, Ph.D.

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Dr. Wei Tao is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). He received his PhD in Biology from Tsinghua University. He held a postdoctoral fellowship in Prof. Omid C. Farokhzad's group at HMS/BWH from 2016 to 2018. Subsequently, he was promoted to be an Instructor in March 2018. His research focuses on the design and synthesis of functional nanomaterials including two-dimensional (2D) materials and polymeric biomaterials, exploring their nano-bio interactions and extensive biomedical applications including RNA therapeutics, cancer theranostics, wound healing, cardiovascular disease and diabetes treatment. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers (including 15 cover papers, 10 Top 1% ESI Highly Cited Papers, and 2 Top 0.1% Hot Papers) in Nature Biomedical Engineering, Nature Communications, Chemical Society Reviews, Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie, ACS Nano, Nano Letters, etc. He is a Member of the Frontiers Editorial Board, a Founding Editor of the Topic-“Application of Nanobiotechnology in Pharmacology” for Frontiers in Pharmacology, and serves as an active reviewer for numerous prestigious journals (e.g., Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, Nano Letters, Advanced Functional Materials, Materials Horizons, Biomaterials, etc.). He is also a member of the Academy at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tao has received many awards (e.g., the U.S. METAvivor Early Career Investigator Award, HMS/BWH Department of Anesthesiology-Basic Scientist Grant, etc.).
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Funded by the NIH/NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, grant number UL1TR001102, and through institutional support from Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.