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  • SEc3470 Science and Engineering Complex
  • Phone (205) 348-9869
  • Fax (205) 348-7558
  • Email
  • Faculty Website
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Dr. Yuping Bao

Associate Professor


  • SEc3470 Science and Engineering Complex
  • phone (205) 348-9869
  • fax (205) 348-7558
  • Email
  • Faculty Website

Research Areas


  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington, 2006
  • B.S., Chemistry, East China University of Science and Technology, 1998

Dr. Yuping Bao’s group focuses on designing novel multifunctional nanoparticles for biomedical applications, such as targeted drug delivery, bio‐imaging, and drug discovery.

Magnetic nanoparticles have significantly advanced cancer treatments through targeted drug delivery and localized therapy. Magnetic nanoparticles further make simultaneous therapy and diagnosis possible as MRI contrast agents.

One of the unique aspects of Bao’s research is the creation of a suite of iron oxide nanoparticles of different shapes as MRI contrast agents and for other biotechnology related applications. These shapes include spheres, cubes, nanowires, plates, flowers, etc.

Much of Bao’s works are directly related to the engineering of material interfaces. Her group developed a facile method to attach various molecules onto nanoparticle surfaces for water solubility and desirable functionality, such as tumor targeting.

In collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the biological science department at UA, Bao’s group also designs nanostructures for delivery of modulators drugs to the brain and nanostructures for drug screening from complex matrices.

Affiliated Areas
Chemical and Biological Engineering, BBCM

Awards and Honors

  • Meeting Chair for Materials Research Society 2019 Spring Meeting
  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 2010

Dr. Bao's Impact

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Human zombie-like cells act alive despite being dead

Scientists at the University of Alabama (UA) have figured out a comical technique, developed human “zombie-like” cells that are technically no longer alive but with membranes continue to bind to...

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Researchers Quicken Drug Discovery Method via Zombie-Like Cells

Researchers are using zombie-like cells that behave normally on the outside, but are filled with magnetic particles inside, to screen potential drugs from natural products.

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UA Engineering Professor Chosen as 2019 Materials Research Society Meeting Chair

A University of Alabama associate professor of chemical and biological engineering has been chosen to help lead the 2019 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting. Dr. Yuping Bao will serve as...

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