Shuming Nie, PhD


Titles and Roles

Adjunct Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology College of Engineering/Emory University School of Medicine
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics


Shuming Nie, PhD, was the Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Chair Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, with joint appointments in chemistry, materials science and engineering, and hematology and oncology. Dr. Nie is now a faculty member at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

During 15 years at Emory and Georgia Tech, he helped grow the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering to national and international prominence, leading the country in biomedical engineering education and research. While at Emory/Georgia Tech, he was the principal investigator and Director of the Emory-Georgia Tech Nanotechnology Center for Personalized and Predictive Oncology, one of the eight national centers funded by the National Cancer Institute (NIH/NCI).

Dr. Nie is a member of the Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.


Dr. Nie received his MS and PhD degrees from Northwestern University under the direction of Professor Richard P. Van Duyne, and did postdoctoral research at both Georgia Institute of Technology and Stanford University.


Dr. Nie's research interest is broadly in bimolecular engineering and nanotechnology, with a focus on bioconjugated nanoparticles for cancer molecular imaging, molecular profiling, pharmacogenomics, and targeted therapy.


Dr. Nie has published over 100 scholarly papers, filed 20 patents/inventions, and has delivered more than 350 invited talks and keynote lectures. He serves on the scientific advisory/editorial boards of five biotech companies and six scientific journals.

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Professor Nie has received many awards and honors including:

  • MilliPub Club Award, Emory University School of Medicine, 2015
  • Merck Award, 2007
  • Elected Fellow of the American Institute of Biological and Medical Engineering, 2006
  • Cheung Kong Professorship, The Ministry of Education of China, 2006
  • Rank Prize in Opto-electronics, London, UK, 2005
  • Georgia Distinguished Cancer Scholar Award, Georgia Cancer Coalition, 2002-2007
  • Beckman Young Investigator Award, the National Collegiate Inventors Award
  • NSFC Overseas Young Scholar Award

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