Yizhou Dong
Assistant Professor
Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
434 Riffe Building


  • Biomaterials and biotechnology
  • Drug delivery
  • RNA therapeutics

Professional Interests

Our research is devoted to drug discovery and development for the treatment of cancer as well as inherited genetic disorders. We integrate our specialty in pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical chemistry, biomedical engineering, materials formulation, and animal studies to design novel therapeutic medicines and uncover their mechanisms of actions. The ultimate goal is to translate our scientific results and technological inventions into more effective treatment and more fulfilling lives for all individuals.


  • 2015-2017 Early Career Investigator Award from Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program
  • 2015 Translational Therapeutics Voucher Support, The Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • 2015 ResearchReward, Trilink Biotechnologies
  • 2014 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Postdoctoral Fellow Awards
  • 2013 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2013 NIH F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2009 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Graduate Student Award in Drug Design and Discovery
  • 2009 The Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society
  • 2009 Graduate Travel Award at UNC


  • Postdoctoral fellow, 2014, Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Harvard Medical School
  • PhD, 2009, in Pharmaceutical Sciences, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MS, 2005, in Organic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry
  • BS, 2002, in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Peking University

Recent Publications