Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor, Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Leaf Huang, Ph.D. is the Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor, Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Huang’s research is in gene therapy and targeted drug delivery. He has pioneered the liposome non-viral vector and has designed and manufactured the cationic lipid vector for the first non-viral clinical trial in 1992. His current work centers on nanoparticle vectors for gene transfer in tumor and liver. He also continues research in establishing a ligand targeted delivery system for cDNA, mRNA, siRNA, proteins and peptides for remodeling the tumor microenvironment, leading to tumor growth inhibition. He has authored or co-authored more than 600 papers with an H-index of 126. He is also the inventor or co-inventor of 22 US and foreign patents. In 2004, he received the Alec D. Bangham MD FRS Achievement Award, which is the highest honor in liposome research. He was the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist Award which is the highest scientific recognition of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. He was named a Highly Cited Researcher in “Pharmacology & Toxicology” since 2016. Dr. Huang has also co-founded 6 biotech start-ups in his career.