Quingguo Xu headshot
Qingguo Xu, D.Phil

  • Principal Investigator
    Qingguo Xu, D.Phil.
    Blick Scholar Assistant Professor
    Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy
    Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine
    Massey Cancer Center, School of Medicine
    Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dr. Qingguo Xu joined the Departments of Pharmaceutics, Ophthalmology, and Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University as Assistant Professor in 2017. After receiving B.E (2002) and M.E. (2004) in Polymer Materials and Engineering from Tianjin University in China, he was a Dorothy Hodgkin Scholar pursuing D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in Materials Science at the University of Oxford with research focus on biomaterials and drug delivery. After his PhD, Dr. Xu worked as a Process Scientist in Unilever R&D center in England for two years prior to joining the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Nanomedicine, where he worked with Justin Hanes, Ph.D. and Walter J. Stark, M.D., and 3 years later he became a Research Associate faculty in the Department of Ophthalmology / Center for Nanomedicine at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Xu has experience in materials science, drug delivery, nanotechnology, and physiochemical characterization of mucosal and tissue barriers to drug delivery systems. A significant portion of his current work has involved the design and development of new methods for safe, effective drug delivery to treat various eye diseases and opioid use disorder. Dr. Xu is an inventor on 13 pending or awarded patents, at least three of which have been licensed to industry for commercialization. He is the recipient of 2013 AAPS-Genentech Innovation in Biotechnology Award, 2013 EBAA-Richard Lindstrom Award, 2018 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 2019 Blick Scholar, and 2019 CRS Ocular Delivery Young Investigator.

PostDoc Fellows

Guihong Chai PhD
Guihong Chai, PhD

  • Education
  • Ph.D. Pharmaceutical Sciences (Zhejiang University, China, 2016)
  • M.S. Pharmaceutics (Shengyang Pharmaceutical University, China, 2012)
  • B.S. Pharmacy (Shengyang Pharmaceutical University, China, 2009)
  • chaig@vcu.edu
Lihua Lou
Lihua Lou, PhD

Postdoc fellow

  • Education
  • Ph.D., Environmental Toxicology (Texas Tech University, 2019)
  • M.S., Textile Materials and Textile Design (Donghua University, China, 2016)
  • loul2@vcu.edu
Aji Alex
Aji Alex Moothedathu Raynold, PhD

Postdoc fellow

  • Education
  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering (India Institute of Technology, 2017)
  • M.Pharm., Pharmaceutics (Mahatma Gandhi University, 2010)
  • B.Pharm., Pharmacy (Kerala University, 2007)
Wenjing Xuan, PhD

Postdoc fellow

  • Education
  • Ph. D. Organic Chemistry (Sorbonne Université, France, 2015)
  • M. D. Medicinal Chemistry (Hunan University, China 2009-2011)
  • B. D. Chemistry (Hunan University, China, 2005-2009)
  • xuanw@vcu.edu
Jinhua Zheng
Jinhua Zheng, MD

  • Education
  • M.D. Clinical Medicine (Guizhou Medical University, China 1995-2000)
  • M.S. Ophthalmology (Guizhou Medical University, China 2001-2004)
  • jzheng2@vcu.edu

Graduate Students

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Hadi Sudarjat

PhD Student (2019 - )

  • Education
  • PhD Student (2019 - )
  • B.S., Pharmacy (Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia, 2010)
  • M.S., Pharmacy (Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2015)
Emma Meng Tuo
Emma Meng Tuo

PhD Student (2018 - )

  • Education
  • PhD Student (2018 - )
  • B.S., Pharmaceutical Preparation (China Pharmaceutical University, China, 2015)
  • M.S., Pharmacokinetics (China Pharmaceutical University, China, 2018)
Vineet Kulkarni
Vineet Kulkarni

Master Student (2018 - )

  • Education
  • B. Pharm., VES College of Pharmacy (University of Mumbai, India, 2018)

Pharm.D. Students

John Kwon
John Kwon

Pharm.D. Student

  • Education
  • B.S. in Biochemistry with minor in chemistry (Virginia Tech 2016)
  • Pharm.D. Candidate (Virginia Commonwealth University 2021)

Undergraduate Students

Russell Simmers
Russell Simmers

Undergraduate Student (2017 - )

  • Education
  • Bachelor Candidate of Physics at Honor's College of Virginia Commonwealth University (2017 - )

Previous Members

Sooyang Kim
Sooyang Kim, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Education
  • Ph.D., Molecular and Human Genetics (Korea University, 2009)
  • M.S., Medical Biotechnology (Korea University, 2003)
  • B.S., Life Sciences (Korea University, 2000)
  • B.A., Psychology (Korea University, 1999)
  • skim23@vcu.edu
Erica Sjoholm, M.S.
Erica Sjoholm, M.S.

  • Education
  • Ph.D. candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Åbo Akademi University, Finland, 2017-)
  • M.S. Bioscience with specialization in Pharmacy (Åbo Akademi University, Finland, 2016)
  • B.S. Pharmacy ( Åbo Akademi University, Finland, 2011-2016)
Yang Zhang
Yang Zhao

Visiting PhD student

  • Education
  • PhD Candidate, Ophthalmology (Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, China, 2016 - )
  • M.S., Ophthalmology (Dalian Medical University, 2011 - 2014)
  • M.D., Clinical Medicine (Weifang Medical School, 2006 - 2011)