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Qiaobing Xu
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Member, Program in Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology, Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering


2007 Ph.D., Harvard University, Chemistry
2002 M.S., Jilin University, Chemistry
1999 B.S., Jilin University, Polymer Engineering and Science

Honors and Awards

  • Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences, 2013
  • Tufts School of Medicine, Charlton Award, 2012
  • Tufts Collaboration grant, 2011, 2012
  • Tufts Faculty Research Awards Committee (FRAC) award, 2010
  • MIT-Harvard Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE) postdoctoral fellowship, 2008-2010
  • Mary Fieser Graduate Research Grant, Harvard University, 2002

Research Interests

Dr. Xu's research interests lie at the intersection of material science engineering, specifically nanoscience, and biomedical application. His work looks at developing new synthetic materials for the delivery of therapeutic biomacromolecules. In his postdoctoral research, Xu synthesized a library of lipid-like molecules, which were tested for efficacy both in vitro and in vivo in the delivery of protein and messenger RNA. Xu is currently investigating the use of drug delivery as a tool to stimulate host immune system for cancer vaccine applications. Xu is also working on using micro/nanofabrication as tools for tissue engineering applications.

Research Group Members

  • Postdoctoral associates
  • Ph.D. students
  • Master's students
    • Jun Wang
    • Liu Yang
    • Evelyn Bello
    • Qiannan Ma
    • Jingqiong Xu
    • Pu Deng
    • Thomas Fernandez
    • Joy A. Ajayi
  • Undergraduate students
    • Michael Ren
    • Sam Kessel
    • Sydney Char
    • Kathleen Li
    • Eric Peterson
    • Kevin Kozikowski
  • Past Research Group Members
    • Postdoctoral associate:
      • Xiaoshu Dai
    • Master students:
      • Shuo Sun
      • Nick Bayhi
      • Carlos Luis Arellano
      • Kevin Yu
      • Sarah Armstrong
      • Subha Shankar
      • Chengsheng Zhou
      • Yajing Zhu
    • High school summer interns:
      • Nicole Gagne (Darien High School, Darien, CT)
      • Mira Li (Newton High school, Newton, MA)
      • Sean Chung (Concord Academy, Concord, MA)
      • Nicole Gouveia (Medford high school, Medford, MA)
      • Connor McCann (Concord Academy, Concord, MA)
      • Tahmid Rahman (Boston Commonwealth High School, Boston, MA)
      • Peter-Joseph DeGiovanni (Medford High School, Medford, MA)
      • Sofia Lapides-Wilson (Concord Academy, Concord, MA)
      • Dongze Yue, (St.Ann's Befield School, Charlottesville, VA)


  • BME 194 Microtechnology for Tissue Engineering
  • BME 250 Biomedical Engineering
  • ES93-10, Introduction to Nanobiotechnology

Professional Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Tufts School of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Postdoctoral Associate, MIT, Department of Chemical Engineering


  • Xu, Q., Wang, M. "Nanocomplexes for delivery of saporin", Patent pending, 61/822,586.
  • Xu, Q., Wang, M. "Disulfide Compounds for Delivery of Pharmaceutical Agents", Patent pending, 61/770,657
  • Xu, Q., Wang, M. "Lysine-reactive anionic alkylating agents for protein and peptide delivery" Patent pending, 61/823,098.
  • Xu, Q., "Two and Three Dimensional Decellularized ECM Constructs and Uses Therefor", Patent pending, 61/810,404
  • Alberti, K. A.; Xu, Q. "Multilayered Collagen Tubular Scaffold". PCT/US2012/064388.
  • Xu, Q.; Dai, X. "Nanostructures". US-2013-0177749-A1.
  • Xu, Q.; Bao, J.; Capasso, F.; Whitesides, G. M. "Fabrication of Isolated Nanostructures and/or Arrays of Nanostructures." PCT Int. Appl. 2008, PCT/US2007/007101.
  • Cao, T.; Xu, Q.; Winkleman, A.; Whitesides, G. M. "Methods and Apparatuses for Deposition of Electrically-conductive and Semiconductive Nanofilms." PCT Int. Appl. 2007, 2007021741.