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Boling Lecture-Molecular elements: Building functional materials using nucleic acids

Topic: Molecular elements: Building functional materials using nucleic acids
      Speaker: Prof. Weihong Tan (Hunan University)
      Time: 3:00 pm, October 26 2018, Friday
      Venue: The Academic Hall at the Institute of Elemento-Organic Chemistry


Weihong Tan earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Michigan in 1993. In addition to his current position as the Director of the State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biology at Hunan University, he is also a University Distinguished Professor and a V.T. and Louis Jackson Professor at the University of Florida. He stared his academic position in 1995 at UF after doing a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at Ames Lab, US-DOE. He was promoted to associate professor in 2001 and full professor in 2003. He started his major research activity at Hunan University in 2010.

Prof. Tan’s research is in the general area of Bioanalytical Chemistry, Molecular Medicine and Chemical Biology. He specializes in aptamer research and DNA nanotechnology as well as cancer theranostics. He has published over 600 peer-reviewed scientific papers. According to Thomson Reuters, he is among the small, prestigious group of Highly Cited Researchers for the period between 2014-2018. The total citations of his publications exceed 56,000 with an H index of 127. He is currently an Associate Editor for JACS (Journal of American Chemical Society). He has received over thirty awards and honors, including Beckman Young Investigator Award in 1997, the Pittcon Achievement Award in 2004, the AAAS Fellow in 2005, the ACS Florida Award in 2012, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2015, Academician of the World Academy of Sciences in Developing Countries in 2016, and the Award in Spectrochemical Analysis from American Chemical Society in 2018, the He Liang He Li Foundation Award in Science and Technology in 2018, the Ralph Adams Award for Bioanalytical chemistry in 2019 and The Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award in 2019.