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Chao Deng

Chao Deng is a Professor of Soochow University Biomedical Polymers Laboratory. He received his PhD from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006 (Supervisors: Profs. Xiabin Jing and Xuesi Chen). From 2006 to 2010, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University  of Ottawa with Profs. May Griffith and Erik Suuronen. He was appointed as an associated professor at Soochow University in 2010 and promoted to professor in 2014. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles.

Prof. Chao Deng has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and filed 11 patents including 8 national patents and 3 international patents. His current research focuses on functional polypeptide, polypeptide nanocarriers for anticancer drug delivery, as well as injectable hydrogels, microgels and nanogels for protein delivery. 

Representative Papers


1. J.T. Wu, J. Zhang, C. Deng*, F.H. Meng, R. Cheng, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Robust, Responsive and Targeted PLGA Anticancer Nanomedicines by Combining Reductively Cleavable Surfactant and Covalent Hyaluronic Acid Coating, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, accepted

2. Y. Fang, Y. Jiang, Y. Zou, F.H. Meng*, J. Zhang, C. Deng, H.L. Sun and Z.Y. Zhong*, Targeted glioma chemotherapy by cyclic RGD peptide-functionalized reversibly core-crosslinked multifunctional poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(e-caprolactone) micelles, Acta Biomaterialia 2017

3. J.T. Wu, C. Deng*, F.H. Meng, J. Zhang, H.L. Sun, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Hyaluronic acid coated PLGA nanoparticulate docetaxel effectively targets and suppresses orthotopic human lung cancer, J. Control. Release 2017,


4. J. Chen, Y. Zou, C. Deng*, F.H. Meng, J. Zhang, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Multifunctional Click Hyaluronic Acid Nanogels for Targeted Protein Delivery and Effective Cancer Treatment In Vivo, Chem. Mater. 2016, 28, 8792-8799.

5. P. Zhong, J. Zhang, C. Deng, R. Cheng*, F.H. Meng, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Glutathione-Sensitive Hyaluronic Acid-SS-Mertansine Prodrug with a High Drug Content: Facile Synthesis and Targeted Breast Tumor Therapy, Biomacromolecules 2016, 17, 3602-3608.

6. Y.N. Zhong, M. Dimde, D. Stöbener, F.H. Meng*, C. Deng, Z.Y. Zhong*, and R. Haag, Micelles with Sheddable Dendritic Polyglycerol Sulfate Shells Show Extraordinary Tumor Targetability and Chemotherapy In Vivo, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8, 27530-27538.

7. W.J. Yang, Y. Zou, F.H. Meng*, J. Zhang, R. Cheng, C. Deng, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Efficient and targeted suppression of human lung tumor xenografts in mice with methotrexate sodium encapsulated in all-function-in-one chimaeric polymersomes, Adv. Mater. 2016, 28, 8234-8239.

8. Y.Q. Zhu, X.X. Wang, J. Chen, J. Zhang, F.H. Meng, C. Deng, R. Cheng, J. Feijen*, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Bioresponsive and fluorescent hyaluronic acid-iodixanol nanogels for targeted X-ray computed tomography imaging and chemotherapy of breast tumors, J. Control. Release 2016, 244, 229-239.

9. Y. Zou, F.H. Meng*, C. Deng, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Robust, tumor-homing and redox-sensitive polymersomal doxorubicin: A superior alternative to Doxil and Caelyx? J. Control. Release 2016, 239, 149-158.

10. S. Li, J. Zhang, C. Deng*, F.H. Meng, L. Yu, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Redox-sensitive and intrinsically fluorescent photoclick hyaluronic acid nanogels for traceable and targeted delivery of cytochrome C to breast tumor in mice, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8, 21155-21162.

11. B.F. Sun, C. Deng*, F.H. Meng, J. Zhang, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Robust, active tumor-targeting and fast bioresponsive anticancer nanotherapeutics based on natural endogenous materials, Acta Biomaterialia 2016, 45, 223-233.

12. J.T. Wu, J. Zhang, C. Deng*, F.H. Meng, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Vitamin E-Oligo(methyl diglycol L-glutamate) as a Biocompatible and Functional Surfactant for Facile Preparation of Active Tumor-Targeting PLGA Nanoparticles, Biomacromolecules 2016, 17, 2367-2374.

13.  Y. Zou, H. Meng, F.H. Meng*, C. Deng, J. Zhang, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Self-crosslinkable and intracellularly decrosslinkable biodegradable micellar nanoparticles: a robust, simple and multifunctional nanoplatform for high-efficiency targeted cancer chemotherapy, J. Control. Release 2016, 244, 326-335.

14. Y.Q. Zhu, J. Zhang*, F.H. Meng, C. Deng, R. Cheng, J. Feijen*, and Z.Y. Zhong*, cRGD-functionalized reduction-sensitive shell-sheddable biodegradable micelles mediate enhanced doxorubicin delivery to human glioma xenografts in vivo, J. Control. Release 2016, 233, 29-38.

15.  X.X. Wang, J. Zhang, R. Cheng*, F.H. Meng, C. Deng, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Facile synthesis of reductively degradable biopolymers using cystamine diisocyanate as a coupling agent, Biomacromolecules 2016, 17, 882-890.

16. Y.N. Zhong, K. Goltsche, L. Cheng, F. Xie, F.H. Meng*, C. Deng, Z.Y. Zhong*, and R. Haag, Hyaluronic acid-shelled acid-activatable paclitaxel prodrug micelles effectively target and treat CD44-overexpressing human breast tumor xenografts in vivo, Biomaterials 2016, 84, 250-261.


17. X. Li, W.J. Yang, Y. Zou, F.H. Meng*, C. Deng, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Efficacious delivery of protein drugs to prostate cancer cells by PSMA-targeted pH-responsive chimaeric polymersomes, J. Control. Release 2015, 220, 704-714.

18. W.T. Lu, X.X. Wang, R. Cheng*, C. Deng, F.H. Meng, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Biocompatible and Bioreducible Micelles Fabricated from Novel α–Amino Acid-Based Poly(Disulfide Urethane)s: Design, Synthesis and Triggered Doxorubicin Release, Polym. Chem2015, 6, 6001-6010.

19. W. Chen, F.H. Meng, R. Cheng, C. Deng, J. Feijen*, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Facile Construction of Dual-Bioresponsive Biodegradable Micelles with Superior Extracellular Stability and Activated Intracellular Drug Release, J. Control. Release 2015, 210, 125-133.

20. W. Chen, F.H. Meng, R. Cheng, C. Deng, J. Feijen*, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Biodegradable Glycopolymer-b-Poly(ε-caprolactone) Block Copolymer Micelles: Versatile Construction, Tailored Lactose Functionality, and Hepatoma-Targeted Drug Delivery, J. Mater. Chem. B 2015, 3, 2308-2317.

21. P.P. Chen, M. Qiu, C. Deng*, F.H. Meng, J. Zhang, R. Cheng, and Z.Y. Zhong*, pH-Responsive Chimaeric Pepsomes Based on Asymmetric Poly(ethylene glycol)-b- Poly(L-leucine)- b-Poly(L-glutamic acid) Triblock copolymer for Efficient Loading and Active Intracellular Delivery of Doxorubicin Hydrochloride, Biomacromolecules 2015, 16, 1322-1330.

22. H.L. Sun, R. Cheng, C. Deng, F.H. Meng*, A.A. Dias, M. Hendriks, J. Feijen, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Enzymatically and Reductively Degradable a-Amino Acid-Based Poly(ester amide)s: Synthesis, Cell Compatibility, and Intracellular Anticancer Drug Delivery, Biomacromolecules 2015, 16, 597-605.

23. Y.N. Zhong, J. Zhang, R. Cheng*, C. Deng, F.H. Meng, F. Xie*, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Reversibly Crosslinked Hyaluronic Acid Nanoparticles for Active Targeting and Intelligent Delivery of Doxorubicin to Drug Resistant CD44+ Human Breast Tumor Xenografts, J. Control. Release 2015, 205, 144-154.

24. G.H. Xu, X.L. Wang, C. Deng*, X.M. Teng, E.J. Suuronen, Z.Y. Shen*, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Injectable Biodegradable Hybrid Hydrogels Based on Thiolated Collagen and Oligo(acryloyl carbonate)-Poly(ethylene glycol)-Oligo(acryloyl carbonate) Copolymer for Functional Cardiac Regeneration, Acta Biomaterialia 2015, 15, 55-64.

25. N.J.R. Blackburn, T. Sofrenovic, D. Kuraitis, A. Ahmadi, B. McNeill, C. Deng, K.J. Rayner, Z.Y. Zhong, M. Ruel, and E.J. Suuronen*, Timing underpins the benefits associated with injectable collagen biomaterial therapy for the treatment of myocardial infarction, Biomaterials 2015, 39, 182-192.


26. W. Chen, F.H. Meng, R. Cheng, C. Deng, J. Feijen*, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Advanced Drug and Gene Delivery Systems Based on Functional Biodegradable Polycarbonates and Copolymers, J. Control. Release 2014, 190, 398-414.

27. Y.N. Zhong, F.H. Meng, C. Deng*, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Ligand-Directed Active Tumor-Targeting Polymeric Nanoparticles for Cancer Chemotherapy, Biomacromolecules 2014, 15, 1955-1969.

28. Y.J. Jiang, J. Chen, C. Deng*, E. Suuronen, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Click Hydrogels, Microgels and Nanogels: Emerging Platforms for Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials 2014, 35, 4969-4985.

29. C. Deng, J.T. Wu, R. Cheng, F.H. Meng, H.A. Klok, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Functional Polypeptide and Hybrid Materials: Precision Synthesis via α-Amino Acid N-Carboxyanhydride Polymerization and Emerging Biomedical Applications, Prog. Polym. Sci. 2014, 39, 330-364.

30. W. Chen, Y. Zou, F.H. Meng, R. Cheng, C. Deng, J. Feijen, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Glyco-Nanoparticles with Sheddable Saccharide Shells: A Unique and Potent Platform for Hepatoma-Targeting Delivery of Anticancer Drugs, Biomacromolecules 2014, 15, 900-907.

31. H.L. Sun, F.H. Meng*, R. Cheng, C. Deng, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Reduction and pH Dual-Bioresponsive Crosslinked Polymersomes for Efficient Intracellular Delivery of Proteins and Potent Induction of Cancer Cell Apoptosis, Acta Biomaterialia 2014, 10, 2159-2168

32. F.H. Meng, Y.N. Zhong, R. Cheng, C. Deng, and Z.Y. Zhong*, pH-Sensitive polymeric nanoparticles for tumor-targeting doxorubicin delivery: Concept and recent advances, Nanomedicine 2014, 9, 487-499. (invited review)

33.  H.L. Sun, F.H. Meng*, R. Cheng, C. Deng, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Reduction-Responsive Polymeric Micelles and Vesicles for Triggered Intracellular Drug Release, Antioxidants & Redox Signaling 2014, 21, 755-767. (invited forum article)

34. W.W. Guo, M. Zheng, Y.N. Zhong, F.H. Meng, C. Deng*, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Poly(ethylene oxide)-graft-methotrexate Macromolecular Drugs Conjugating via Aminopteridine Ring Exhibit Potent Anticancer Activity, Chinese Journal of Chemistry 2014, 32, 57-65.


35. Y.N. Zhong, W.J. Yang, H.L. Sun, R. Cheng, F.H. Meng, C. Deng*, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Ligand-Directed Reduction-Sensitive Shell-Sheddable Biodegradable Micelles Actively Deliver Doxorubicin into the Nuclei of Target Cancer Cells, Biomacromolecules 2013, 14, 3723-3730.

36. J.R. Zhou, P.P. Chen, C. Deng*, F.H. Meng, R. Cheng, and Z.Y. Zhong*, A Simple and Versatile Synthetic Strategy to Functional Polypeptides via Vinyl Sulfone-Substituted L-Cysteine N-Carboxyanhydride, Macromolecules 2013, 46, 6723–6730.

37. Y.P. Fan, C. Deng*, R. Cheng, F.H. Meng, and Z.Y. Zhong*, In Situ Forming Hydrogels via Catalyst-Free and Bioorthogonal “Tetrazole–Alkene” Photo-Click Chemistry, Biomacromolecules 2013, 14, 2814-2821.

38. X.Y. Wang, H.L. Sun, F.H. Meng*, R. Cheng, C. Deng, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Galactose-Decorated Reduction-Sensitive Degradable Chimaeric Polymersomes as a Multifunctional Nanocarrier To Efficiently Chaperone Apoptotic Proteins into Hepatoma Cells, Biomacromolecules 2013, 14, 2873-2882.

39. Y.D. Gu, Y.N. Zhong, F.H. Meng*, R. Cheng, C. Deng, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Acetal-Linked Paclitaxel Prodrug Micellar Nanoparticles as a Versatile and Potent Platform for Cancer Therapy, Biomacromolecules 2013, 14, 2772-2780.

40. L.L. Wu, Y. Zou, C. Deng*, R. Cheng, F.H. Meng, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Intracellular Release of Doxorubicin from Core-Crosslinked Polypeptide Micelles Triggered by Both pH and Reduction Conditions, Biomaterials 2013, 34, 5262-5272.

2012 and Before

41. C. Deng, Y.J. Jiang, R. Cheng, F.H. Meng, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Biodegradable Polymeric Micelles for Targeted and Controlled Anticancer Drug Delivery: Promises, Progress and Prospects. Nano Today 2012, 7, 467-480.

42. Y.X. Yu, C. Deng, F.H. Meng, Q. Shi, J. Feijen, and Z.Y. Zhong*, Novel Injectable Biodegradable Glycol Chitosan-Based Hydrogels Crosslinked by Michael-Type Addition Reaction with Oligo(acryloyl carbonate)-b-Poly(ethylene glycol)-b-Oligo(acryloyl carbonate) Copolymers, J. Biomed. Mater. Res. Part A2011, 99A, 316-326.

43. H. Yu, C. Deng, H. Tian, T. Lu, X. Chen, and X. Jing*, Chemo-Physical and Biological Evaluation of Poly(L-Lysine)-Grafted Chitosan Copolymers. Macromol. Biosci. 2011, 11, 352-361.

44. C. Deng, P. Zhang, B. Vulesevic, D. Kuraitis, F. Li, A.F. Yang, M. Griffith, M. Ruel, and E.J. Suuronen, A Collagen-Chitosan Hydrogel for Endothelial Differentiation and Angiogenesis. TissueEng.Part A 2010, 16, 3099-3109.

45. C. Deng, F. Li*, J.M. Hackett, S.H. Chaudhry, F.N. Toll, B. Toye, W. Hodge, and M. Griffith*, Collagen and Glycopolymer Based Hydrogel for Potential Corneal Application. Acta Biomater. 2010, 6, 187-194.

46. C. Deng, F. Li, M. Griffith, M. Ruel, and E.J. Suuronen*, Application of Chitosan-Based Biomaterials for Blood Vessel Regeneration. Macromolecular Symposia 2010,297,138-146.

47. W. Liu, C. Deng (co-first author), C.R. McLaughlin, P. Fagerholm, N.S. Lagali, B. Heyne, J.C. Scaiano, M.A. Watsky, Y. Kato, R. Munger, N. Shinozaki, F. Li, and M. Griffith*, Collagen-Phosphorylcholine Interpenetrating Network Hydrogels as Corneal Substitutes. Biomaterials 2009, 30, 1551-1559.

48. C. Deng, X. Chen, H. Yu, J. Sun, T. Lu, and X. Jing*, A Biodegradable Triblock Copolymer Poly(ethylene glycol)-b-Poly(L-lactide)-b-Poly(L-lysine): Synthesis, Self-Assembley, and RGD Peptide Modification. Polymer 2007, 48, 139-149.

49. C. Deng, X. Chen, J. Sun, T. Lu, W. Wang, and X. Jing*, RGD Peptide Grafted Biodegradable Amphiphilic Triblock Copolymer Poly(Glutamic Acid)-b- Poly(L-Lactide)-b-Poly(Glutamic Acid): Synthesis and Self-Assembly. J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym Chem2007, 45, 3218-3230.

50. J. Sun, C. Deng, X. Chen, H. Yu, H. Tian, J. Sun, and X. Jing*, Self-Assembly of Polypeptide-Containing ABC-Type Triblock Copolymers in Aqueous Solution and Its pH Dependence. Biomacromolecules 2007, 8, 1013-1017.

51. J. Sun, X. Chen, C. Deng, H. Yu, Z. Xie, X. Jing*, Direct Formation of Giant Vesicles From Synthetic Polypeptides. Langmuir 2007, 23, 8308-8315.

52. C. Deng, H.Y. Tian, P.B. Zhang, J. Sun, X.S. Chen, and X.B. Jing*. Synthesis and Characterization of RGD Peptide Grafted Poly(ethylene glycol)-b-Poly(L-lactide)-b-Poly (L-glutamic acid) Triblock Copolymer. Biomacromolecules 2006,7,590-596.

53. C. Deng, G.Z. Rong, H.Y. Tian, Z.H. Tang, X.S. Chen*, and X.B. Jing. Synthesis and Characterization of Poly(ethylene glycol)-b-Poly(L-lactide)-b-Poly(L-glutamic acid) Triblock Copolymer. Polymer 2005,46,653-659.