Professor Frank Gu is Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He has established an interdisciplinary research program combining functional polymers and polymer-metal oxide hybrid materials to solve problems in medicine, agriculture and environmental protection. Dr. Gu received his Ph.D. from Queen’s University, Canada, where he majored in chemical engineering and was awarded with the Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). Following completion of his graduate program, he was awarded an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School.
Under the co-supervisions of Institute Professor Robert Langer and Professor Omid Farokhzad, he developed novel nanofabrication technologies which were licensed to leading biotechnology companies including Bind Biosciences and Selecta Biosciences. In July 2008, Dr. Gu joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo as an Associate Professor. In 2012, he was awarded Canada Research Chair to advance his research in the development of targeted delivery systems using nanotechnology. His research interests are nanomedicine, ophthalmology, clean water, and photocatalysis. His expertise in the development of functional nanoparticles for targeted delivery has generated over 100 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings, as well as 15 US and world patent applications.