Prof. Nie

Shuming Nie


Grainger Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering
Professor of Bioengineering, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Member of the Beckman Institute, the Micro/Nanotechnology Lab, and the Institute for Genomic Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
Everitt Laboratory Room 2116, MC-278
1406 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801
Tel:217-300-1266, Email: nies [at] illinois [dot] edu




Shuming Nie is the Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering, Professor of Bioengineering, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Founding Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Nanjing University (China). He joined the faculty at Illinois in 2017 after more than 10 years as a professor of biomedical engineering at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. His academic research is in the areas of nanomedicine; image-guided cancer surgery; cell-based immunotherapy; wearable optoelectronic devices and digital health. His major academic achievements include the discovery of colloidal metal nanoparticles that are able to amplify the efficiencies of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) by 14-15 orders of magnitude, his pioneering work on water-soluble semiconductor quantum dots for biomedical applications, and his breakthrough work in developing multifunctional smart nanoparticles for integrated biomedical imaging and therapy, including image-guided cancer surgery. Professor Nie has published over 350 papers, patents, and book chapters, have delivered more than 500 invited lectures around the world, and have trained over 30 doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows who are now making an impact at top academic institutions and biotech companies. His scholarly work has been cited 66,000 times according to Google Scholar. Professor Nie received his B.S. degree from Nankai University (China) in 1983, earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois, 1984-1990), and did postdoctoral research at Georgia Institute of Technology and Stanford University (1990-1994). He is as Fellow of the AAAS and International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering.

Clinical Translation

  • Sunil Singhal, MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Costas Hadjipanayis, MD, PhD, Department of Neurosurgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • David Kooby, MD, FADS, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Teaching Course

  • BIOE 498/598 Surgical Procedures (Fall 2018)
  • BIOE 479/598 Cancer Nanotechnology (Spring 2019)