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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. 

Contact: hongbo.zhang@abo.fi

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Others

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Saule Nauryz received her bachelor's and master's degrees in electrochemistry, she was engaged in the development of lithium-ion batteries at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Now Saule is a Ph.D. student at the Eurasian National University named after L.N. Gumilyov" in Astana, Kazakhstan. The topic of her scientific dissertation was "Investigation of the physicochemical properties of thermosensitive fluorinated copolymers based on poly-2-alkyl-oxazolines in mixed aqueous-organic solvents." At the invitation of Professor Hongbo Zhang and under the guidance of Professor Sergey Filippov, Saule is engaged in the study of fluorinated copolymers based on poly-2-alkyl-oxazolines in the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Abo Academy University.

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Svetlana Kovtareva received her bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical technology of organic substances from Toraigyrov University (Pavlodar, Kazakhstan). Currently, she is a Ph.D. student at the Eurasian National University named after L.N. Gumilyov (Astana, Kazakhstan). The field of her scientific research is the study of physicochemical mechanisms of interaction of nanoparticles of mesoporous dioxide silica with antitumor drugs. At the invitation of Professor Hongbo Zhang, she undergoes an internship at the Faculty of Natural Science and Engineering, Åbo Academy University, where, under the guidance of Professor Sergey Filippov, she performs the experimental part of her work.

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Deependra Yadav received his master’s degree in molecular systems biology from the University of Turku. Currently, as a joint student, he performs some experimental works in Hongbo's group at  Åbo Akademi University. His research mainly focuses on developing and optimizing a microfluidic platform for fabricating lignin Nanoparticles.​​

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Xiaochao Ma received his master’s degree in clinical medicine from the University of Jilin. Currently, as a joint student, he performs some experimental works in Hongbo's group at  Åbo Akademi University. His main research direction is the application of nanomaterials in the field of medical surgery.

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Joni graduated from the University of Turku, with a bachelor's thesis focused on metals as a problem for fish, and with a master's thesis working on the study of transgenerational effects of combined crude oil exposure and heat shock on Daphnia magna. He started work as a research assistant in Prof. Hongbo Zhang's group in Pharmacy, Faculty of Science and Engineering at Åbo Akademi University and his work is focused on Business Finland-funded research on mitochondria.

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Cagla Celik received her bachelor's degree in Pharmacy Faculty and PhD degree in analytical chemistry from Erciyes University (Kayseri, Turkey). The field of her scientific research is development of nano-biosensors. She focus on bacterial diagnostic sensors for rapid detection of infectious diseases. At the invitation of Professor Hongbo Zhang, she came as a visiting researcher at the Pharmaceutical Science Laboratory, Åbo Academy University, where, observe microfluidic chip design and use of them biomedical applications.

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Seyma Dadi received her PhD degree in Analytical Chemistry from Erciyes University in Turkey in the research field of organic-inorganic hybrid nanomaterials. Her research focuses on enzyme immobilization, enzyme-like activity of nanomaterials and colorimetric biosensors. At the invitation of Professor Hongbo Zhang, she came as a visiting researcher at the Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory at Åbo Akademi University to observe microfluidic chip design and microgel production.

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