Faculty Profile

Lei Zhu, PhD

Lei Zhu, PhD

Assistant Professor, Surgical Oncology Nanomedicine Research Lab, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine


Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2019


Dr. Lei Zhu received his PhD in cell biology and his MS in molecular biology from the Department of Life Science at Jilin University, China. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Winship Cancer Institute in 2018, based in Dr. Lily Yang's Nanomedicine Research Lab. Prior to his fellowship, he was an associate professor at Xiamen University in China, and served as principal investigator on projects that focused on protein chemistry in relation to cancer detection and therapy. His current research in Dr. Yang's lab is concentrating on highly translational projects related to pancreatic cancer and breast cancer theranostics with nanotechnology.


  • MS in Molecular Biology, Department of Life Science, Jilin University, China, 2005-2008

  • Joint PhD student, National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), National Institutes of Health (NIH), 2009-2011

  • PhD in Cell Biology, Department of Life Science, Jilin University, China, 2008-2011

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, NIBIB, NIH, 2012-2013

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University, 2015-2018

Honors and Awards

  • Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award of Jilin Province, China, 2014

  • Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award of Jilin University, China, 2014

  • Xiuwen Wang Outstanding Early Stage Scientist Award, NIBIB, NIH, 2011

  • Bokun Biotech Scholarship, Jilin University, 2011

Research Interests

  • Development of novel theranostic nanoparticles for image-guided and targeted cancer therapy