Tianyue Jiang obtained her Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutics under the guidance of Prof. Jianping Zhou in the College of Pharmacy at China Pharmaceutical University. From 2012-2014, she was a visiting scholar in Prof. Zhen Gu’s research group in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. She is currently an associate Professor in the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Nanjing Tech University. Her group studies controlled drug delivery, bio-inspired materials and nanobiotechnology.
Read Tianyue’s Emerging Investigator article “Topical delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs using nano-hybrid hydrogels to inhibit post-surgical tumour recurrence” and check out all of the 2021 Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigator articles here.
How do you feel about Biomaterials Science as a place to publish research on this topic?
The journal is based on the design, function, interaction with the body and related scientific principles of biomaterials, covering the fields of chemistry, biology, pharmacy and materials science, and aims to explore new concepts, designs, functions and applications of biomaterials. I am honored to share my research works.
What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment and what do you find most challenging about your research?
My work focuses on the investigation and development of drug delivery systems based on peptide-based materials. Through the arrangement and combination of 20 kinds of natural amino acids and the introduction of exogenous functional groups, we can provide hundreds of millions of peptide molecules. The challenge lies in how to customize peptides with specific functions in a vast array of combinations.
In your opinion, what are the most important questions to be asked/answered in this field of research?
In my opinion, the most important question is how to effectively solve some interdisciplinary problems and technical bottlenecks in my research field of drug delivery.
Can you share one piece of career-related advice or wisdom with other early career scientists?
Maintain enthusiasm and curiosity for scientific research.