Professor Jianjun Cheng received a BS degree in chemistry from Nankai University, China, in 1993, a MS in chemistry from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1996 and a PhD in materials science from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2001. After working as a senior scientist at Insert Therapeutics, Inc. from 2001 to 2004, and as a research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2004 to 2005, he joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois in 2005. He is an affiliate with the Department of Chemistry, Department of Bioengineering, Beckman Institute, Institute of Genomic Biology, and Micro- and Nanotechnology Laboratory. He is also a Full Member of Cancer Center of University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Cheng has been named as Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students at Illinois for five consecutive times (2008, 2009 and 2010). Prof. Cheng is the recipient of a Prostate Cancer Foundation Competitive Award (2007), a NSF Career Award (2008), Xerox Award for Faculty Research (2010) and National Institute of Health Director's New Innovator Award (2010).