Dan Shu
Research Associate Professor
Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
914 Biomedical Research Tower


  • RNA Nanotechnology for therapy
  • Biomaterials and biotechnology
  • Drug targeting and delivery

Professional Interests

Dr. Shu’s research is focused on (1) RNA nanotechnology: use RNA as a nanotechnology platform to construct RNA nanoparticles with functional modalities for therapeutics, targeting, and diagnostics (ACS Nano, 2015; Nature Nanotechnology, 2011; Nano Letters, 2004); and (2) Single molecule biophysical studies: use single-molecule detection (such as FRET) to understand the structure-function relationship for individual biomolecules (ACS Nano, 2010; EMBO Journal, 2007; RNA, 2007). Her long-term objective is to focus on the development and translation of RNA nanotechnology-based therapeutics and imaging agents into clinical trials.


  • Best poster award, the 9th IEEE International Conference on Nano/Molecular Medicine and Engineering, 2015
  • Researcher’s Choice Award, Markey Cancer Center Research Day in University of Kentucky, 2012


  • Postdoctoral fellow, 1999-2004, Purdue University
  • MD, 1990, Tongji Medical University, China

Recent Publications

Recent Publications