Shaoqin Sarah Gong

Position title: Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering and Chemistry


Phone: 608.316.4311

4166 Discovery Building
Madison, WI 53706

Research Website
Gong Group
Sarah Gong


  • BIONATES theme faculty member at Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
  • UW Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • UW Eye Research Institute


  • B.S. 1991, Tsinghua University (China)
  • M.S. 1994, Tsinghua University (China)
  • Ph.D. 1999, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor



Professor Gong’s research group focuses on the design, synthesis/fabrication, and characterization of novel materials and devices. Many of the group’s ongoing projects are multidisciplinary, bridging engineering with materials science, chemistry, and the life sciences. Some on-going efforts include:

  • Multifunctional nanocarriers (e.g., unimolecular micelles, polymer vesicles, functionalized inorganic nanoparticles) for combined delivery of therapeutic and diagnostic agents which can be used to treat and diagnose various types of diseases (e.g., cancers, vascular diseases, liver diseases, and eye diseases)
  • Multifunctional polymer nanocomposites for various applications including flexible electronics, supercapacitors, nanogenerators, actuators, and sensors.
  • Cellulose nanofibril (CNF)-based aerogels
  • Biobased plastics