International Open Course by Professor Yang Hu from Department of Chemistry and Life Science Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering
In order to improve the degree of internationalization of postgraduate courses and enhance the academic excellence quality of postgraduates cultivation in our university, Professor Yang Hu from Department of Chemistry and Life Science Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering was invited by Graduate School to set an international open course under the theme of “Nanodrugs based on Dendrimers: Principle Design and Progress in Medical Research”, which was attended by 48 doctoral, master and international students.
In the open course, Professor Yang Hu instructed students in dendrimers as the ideal carrier of nano-drugs and precision medicine, combined with his more than 20 years experience in this field and gave theme lecture including “A Review of Synthesis, Structure and Characteristics of Dendrimers”, “Introduction to Surface Functionalization Chemistry of Dendrimers”, “Drugs and Delivery Strategies Based on Dendrimers”, and “Principle Design and Application of Dendrimer Nanomedicine for Cardiovascular Diseases”. Giving his lecture in English, Professor Yang Hu interacted with the students, guided and encouraged them to think deeply and raise questions, which created a lively atmosphere in the classroom. There was also an elaborately designed classroom experiment, which stimulated the enthusiasm of the students. Finally, tests were given to the students attending the course, and awarded certificates were conferred on those who passed.
The international open course of School of Pharmacy will help the students broaden their research horizon, develop their understandings of dendrimers that have great potential, improve their professional qualities of literature reading, project plan and experiment design and their communication and research abilities in the English environment.
The laboratory of Professor Yang Hu has developed a series of new multi-functional biological drug carriers based on dendrimers, which have been applied to gene therapy, cancer targeted therapy, glaucoma drug delivery, and nano-molecular replacement of drug administration. The academic achievements have been published in many world-renowned journals, including ACS Nano, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, Biomaterials, Journal of Controlled Release, Biomacromolecules, Molecular Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Research.