Dr. Zhihong Nie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland. He is also a faculty member in the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center (UMGCC) and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Prior to his academic appointment in Maryland, he received his Ph.D. degree in Polymer Materials and Chemistry from University of Toronto in 2008. He then worked was a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in George M. Whitesides’ group at Harvard University (2008-2010). He was the recipient of a number of awards including CMNS Outstanding Junior Faculty Award (2014), 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award (2014, 2015), ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award (2013), NSF CAREER Award (2012) and K. C. Wong Research Scholarship (2011), etc. To date, he holds 7 US patents and has published over 80 publications with a total citation of ~8,000 times. His research interests include molecular and nanoparticle self-assembly, biomedical imaging, diagnostics and delivery, programmable soft materials, and microfluidics.