Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Meet the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s
Shaoqin “Sarah” Gong
Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
School of Medicine & Public Health


Research area Design, synthesis/fabrication and characterization of novel biomaterials and nanomaterials. Ongoing multidisciplinary projects that bridge engineering with materials science, chemistry and the life sciences. 

What excites you about your work? 

“One aspect that I find particularly exciting is the development of novel biomaterials for targeted drug and gene therapy, immunotherapy and cell therapy. By designing and synthesizing innovative drug/gene delivery systems and tissue engineering scaffolds, our research has the potential to create new gene/genome editing therapies that can cure the root causes of genetic diseases or new cell therapies that can fight against blindness.”

What do you hope to achieve? 

“As a researcher and innovator, I hope to continue making significant contributions in areas such as drug delivery systems, genome editing, cancer immunotherapy, cell therapy and antimicrobial materials. My goal is to advance our scientific understanding of these subjects and develop novel therapies that can revolutionize patient care and improve overall health outcomes.

Sarah has developed exciting delivery technologies for biologics, and we expect them to be transformative for the field.

– Rafael Diaz, WARF, Licensing Manager

Want to learn more?

Rafael Diaz, [email protected], 608.960.9847