Research group: Functional Materials for Medicine

Functional Materials have played more and more critical role in development of novel treatment methods for different diseases. Our group focus on designing all kinds of functional materials, at different scales, to solve clinical and biological problems. We have broad collaborations with hospitals, and most of our projects have clinical doctors involved and initial from a real-life clinical question. Our group is multidisciplinary,  which interplay between physics, materials science, synthetic organic chemistry, engineering, biology and medicine. We aim that many of our designs could be clinical applicable in future, and to have a great social impact in treating diseases. 


Senior Researchers


Heidi Koivisto (Business Champion, preparation business comobilization and market strategy) did her MBA 2021, majoring in Business Administration and Management from Northampton, UK. She has a long career in the pharmaceutical industry, having worked in marketing, sales, international business, corporate event management, corporate communications, and related B2B and B2C projects for over 25 years. Heidi has been responsible for numerous marketing and sales events, including customer training and trade fairs, exhibitions, and congress trips from the graphic design phase to execution. She has extensive education and experience in international business operations and marketing. In addition, Heidi has a qualification in Audio-visual Communication and Graphic Design. She understands design thinking and service design. Heidi expresses high interest in being the CEO of the potential start-up. Her main strengths lay in the inner urge to do well to reach the goals and orchestrate processes in different types of organizations. patents and Comitell.

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Sergey Filippov. Visiting from University of Reading. Experienced scientist, Fulbright Scholar. Leverhulme professor. More than 100 publications. Skilled in Polymer Science (Physics and Chemistry), Drug Delivery, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Soft Matter, Nanoparticles, Liposomes, Microfluidics, Colloids. Strong knowledge in Dynamic Light Scattering, SAXS/SANS, Isothermal Titration Calorimetry, Electron Paramagnetic Spectroscopy, Light and Electron Microscopy, Fluorescence (steady-state and time resolved, FCS, FCCS), HPLC, Chromatography, Flow cytometry, AutoCAD, OriginLab, Experienced lecturer in Polymer Science. Polymer physicist, Leverhulme Professor, Material scientist

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Visiting professor from jiangsu university. His focus is catalytics


Visiting professor from jiangsu university. Her research focus is chemical engineering


Xiaoyu Xu received her PhD degree in Chemistry from Tongji University in China (2013-2018) with the research field of lanthanide photo-functionalized metal-organic framework (MOF) hybrid materials. From April 2018, she started her postdoc research in Prof. Hongbo Zhang’s Lab, Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory at Åbo Akademi University. Her research focus is MOF-based biomaterials in biomedical application. Currently she is developing smart delivery systems based on MOFs biomineralization and applying them for CRISPR/Cas9-based gene therapy.

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Jixiang Wang received his PhD degree in Material Science from Jiangsu University in China. From August 2019, he started his postdoc research in Prof. Hongbo Zhang’s Lab, Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory at Åbo Akademi University. His research focus is Molecular Imprinting-based biomaterials in biomedical applications.

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Chang Liu received his Ph.D. degree in Prof. Hongbo Zhang’s group, Pharmaceutical sciences laboratory at Åbo Akademi university. His current research interests are in the design of functional nanomaterials, particularly MOFs-based biomimetic mineralized composites and their theranostic applications.

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Yunru Yu received her Ph.D. degree from Biomedical Engineering (Sept. 2015-Mar. 2020) State Key Laboratory of Bioelectronics, School of Biological Science and Medical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing. Her research focus on Bioinspired hierarchical fibre bundles from microfluidics for nerve regeneration