Dong Wang



Dr. Dong Wang was born and raised in Beijing, China.  He received his PhD in polymer chemistry and physics from Peking University in 1998 under the mentorship of the late Professor Xin-de Feng, the founding father of polymer chemistry education in China.  He then joined Professor Jindřich Kopeček’s laboratory at University of Utah for his postdoctoral training in pharmaceutical chemistry. After the appointment as a research assistant professor at Utah for 2 years, Dr. Wang joined University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) early 2005 as a tenure-track assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2008. In 2014, he was promoted to the rank of full professor. Dr. Wang’s research primarily focuses prodrug and nanomedicine development for inflammatory, musculoskeletal and craniofacial diseases. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and numerous conference abstracts. As the lead inventor, Dr. Wang has over 110 patents and patent applications, some of which have been licensed to the industry for further development and commercialization.  He is also the co-founder of three start-up biotech companies focusing on translation and commercialization of drug candidates originated from his laboratory.

Dr. Zhenshan Jia

Research Assistant Professor


Dr. Jia graduated from Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry in 2007. Then he moved to Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry and Kobe University in Japan for postdoctoral research. In 2011, Dr. Jia joined Dr. Dong Wang’s research lab and has been doing synthetic research for novel bioactive prodrugs for drug delivery on inflammatory diseases.

Dr. Xin Wei

Research Assistant Professor

Xin graduated from Jilin University double majoring B.S. in Biotechnology and Chemistry, followed by a Ph. D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2018. Her research interests include the design, synthesis, and characterization of polymeric nanomedicines for drug delivery, and the therapeutic evaluation for the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases, and healthy concerns for women and children. She is especially interested in the pharmacodynamic, pharmacokinetics and biodistribution of the nanomedicines. In her personal life, she enjoys yoga, taekwondo, swimming, and outdoor activities such as fishing, and hiking. She’s also a good cook as a chemist.

Haochen Jiang

PhD Student


Haochen received her bachelor’s degree in medicinal chemistry from China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China. She was enrolled in UNMC as a PhD student and joined the lab in August 2019. Her research focuses on prodrug nanomedicine development for kidney diseases such as focal segmental glomerulosclerosis and skin disease such as psoriasis. She has extensive experience in animal studies from her work in the lab. Haochen is a cat lover and is just brave like a feline. She enjoys hiking, camping and snowboarding.

Xiaoke Xu

PhD Student




Xiaoke graduated from China Pharmaceutical University and obtained her bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutics in 2020. She joined the lab in the Fall of 2021, and her research focuses on developing and applying thermoresponsive progel/hydrogel system in managing various bone and inflammation related diseases. Because she is also interested in pharmacology and mechanism study of macromolecular prodrug, her works also involve using single cell RNA (scRNA) sequence technique to analyze the superior effects of macromolecular prodrug on lupus nephritis. Besides the interest in exploration in scientific world, she also enjoys reading, watching movies, and playing mahjong (an old tile-based game in China). Her most favorite book and movie are The Three-Body a sci-fi novel written by Liu Cixin, and The Shawshank redemption an old but famous drama film, the former one makes her aware the magic and power of the universe and the science, and the latter one encourages her to be persistent in what she likes and never give in. The reason why she also enjoys playing mahjong is the strategy used in playing it, and the good luck she always gets!

Sumbal Talib

PhD Student




Sumbal has done Pharm-D and M.Phil in Pharmaceutics from the Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan. Being a Fullbright scholarship awardee, she is diligently pursuing her Ph.D. at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center since 2022. Her research interests include prodrug nanomedicine for musculoskeletal diseases and the establishment of animal models for these diseases. Socially, she actively enjoys hiking and traveling, while nature photography is her retreat.