Mao Mao


Mao is currently pursuing his PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. His passion lies in understanding mechanisms of human disease and developing novel therapeutics. Prior to Duke, he worked as senior research specialist and lab manager in the College of Medicine at University of Illinois. Mao earned a Master’s degree in Chemistry from University of Illinois at Chicago and a BS degree in Applied Chemistry from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. In his free time, he enjoys taking photographs, listening to music, traveling and playing badminton tournaments.

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  • M.Sc. Chemistry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, 2009
  • B.S. Applied Chemistry 
  • Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 2007

Research Interests

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Mao's research interests include drug delivery, gene therapy, mathematical modeling of biological processes, biomechanics and medical devices. His current projects focus on two aims: 1, understanding cellular uptake, transportation and processing of macromolecules such as nucleic acids; 2, studying the interactions between cells and their microenvironment, and the physiological and pathological implications of such interactions.