Dr. Yuping Bao

  • Associate Professor
  • Department Graduate Program Director

Contact Information

  • Office: 3470 SEC
  • Phone: (205) 348-9869
  • Fax: (205) 348-7558

Areas of Research

  • Nano-Bio Interface Laboratory - Multifunctional Nanostructures for Simultaneous Imaging and Therapy
  • Drug Discovery


  • 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.


  • NSF Career Award, 2012
  • Meeting Chair for Materials Research Society 2019 Spring Meeting
  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 2010