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Yangchao Luo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Advanced Technology Laboratory, Room 211A
Phone: (860) 486-2180


  • Ph.D. 2012, in Nutrition and Food Science, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • M.S. 2009, in Food Science, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China
  • B.S. 2006, in Food Science, Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha, Hunan, China

Professional Experience and Training

  • Assistant Professor (August 2014 – Present)
    Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
    • Joint Appointment at Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy
    • Faculty member at Institute of Materials Science (IMS)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (2013 – 2014)
    Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • Research/Teaching Assistant (2009 – 2012)
    Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Awards and Honors

  • Travel Grant for International Conference on Bioencapsulation, Canada. September 2012
  • Travel Award for National ACS Meeting, ACS of Washington. March. 2012
  • Summer Research Fellowship, University of Maryland. Summer. 2011         
  • Goldhaber Travel Grant, University of Maryland. July. 2010

Editorial and Reviewer Experience

  • Editor, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules (Elsevier), 2015 – present
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Food and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2014 – present
  • Editorial Board Member
    • Heliyon (Elsevier), 2016 – present
    • Recent Patents on Drug Delivery and Formulation (Bentham), 2016 – present
    • Food Research International (Elsevier), 2015 – present
    • Austin Journal of Nutrition and Food Science, 2014 – present
  • Reviewed >400 manuscripts for more than 40 journals:
    • ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering
    • ACS Nano
    • African Journal of Biotechnology
    • Arabian Journal of Chemistry
    • Asian Journal of Nutrition and Food Science
    • Asian-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering
    • Biochemistry and Analytical Biochemistry
    • Biomaterials
    • Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering
    • Carbohydrate Polymers
    • Chinese Medicine
    • Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
    • European Food Research and Technology
    • Food and Bioproducts Processing
    • Food and Function
    • Food Biophysics
    • Food Chemistry
    • Food Hydrocolloids
    • Food Research International
    • Food Science (Chinese journal)
    • Food Science and Nutrition
    • Innovative Food Science and Engineering Technologies
    • International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
    • International Journal of Food Science and Technology
    • International Journal of Pharmaceutics
    • Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
    • Journal of Applied Polymer Science
    • Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology
    • Journal of Food Biochemistry
    • Journal of Food Processing and Preservation
    • Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
    • Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
    • Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
    • International Journal of Nanomedicine
    • LWT-Food Science and Technology
    • Nanotechnology, Science and Applications
    • Nutrition and Dietary Supplements
    • PLOS One
    • RSC Advances
  • Reviewer for session proposals and technical abstracts for IFT Annual Meeting: 2011-present.

Society Memberships

  • American Society of Nutrition (ASN), 2014-present
  • American Chemical Society (ACS), 2010-present
  • Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), 2009-present

Research Interests
The major research focus of my laboratory is to utilize nanotechnology-based techniques to provide novel and effective strategies to prevent and treat chronic diseases. Developing biocompatible, biodegradable, and non-toxic drug delivery systems for nutrients is of critical importance to innovate the conventional dietary interventions by incorporating nanoformulations into the functional food. More specifically, my research interests include the following directions:

  • Design nano- and micro-sized drug delivery systems from natural macromolecules (proteins and polysaccharides) for food bioactive compounds
  • Explore in vivo fate of nanoparticles after digestion, including cellular uptake and transport, blood circulation, etc
  • Evaluate drug delivery systems for their efficacy to prevent chronic diseases, using both animal models and clinical studies.
  • Develop nanoformulations to provide novel dietary interventions for health promotion.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Book Chapters

  • Luo Y, Hu Q. 2015. Food-derived biopolymers for nutrient delivery. In: “Nanotechnology in Food Industry”. Edited by Grumezescu A. Elsevier. (ISBN: 9780128043042)
  • Luo Y, Wang T. 2015. Pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications of waste derived proteins. In “Proteins Byproducts: Transformation from Environmental Burden into Value-Added Products”. Edited by Dhillon GS. Elsevier. (ISBN: 9780128023914)
  • Luo Y, Wang Q. 2014. Nanofabrication Techniques in Native Polymer-based 3D Substitutes. In “Native Macromolecule-based 3D Tissues Repair”. Edited by Wang J. World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. (ISBN: 978-981-4551-92-2)
  • Luo Y, Wang Q. 2012. Bioactive Compounds in Corn. In “Cereals and Pulses: Nutraceutical Properties and Health Benefits”. Edited by Yu L, Tsao R, Shahida F. Functional Food Science and Technology Series. Wiley-Blackwell. (ISBN: 978-0-8138-1839-9)

Invited Talks and Conference Oral Presentations (Posters not listed)

  • Luo Y. “Biopolymer-based nanoparticles for delivery of nutraceuticals”: Invited talk at USDA-Eastern Regional Research Center (ERRC), Wyndmoor, PA. June, 2014.
  • Luo Y, Wang Q. Encapsulation of biopharmaceuticals improves their stabilities and provides controlled release: Oral presentation at Bioencapsualation Research Group (BRG) Annual Meeting, Orillia, ON, Canada. September, 2012.
  • Luo Y, Wang Q. “Development of zein nanoparticles coated with carboxymethyl chitosan for encapsulation and controlled release of vitamin D3”. Oral presentation at IFT Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, CA. June, 2012.
  • Luo Y, Wang, Q. “Characterization and evaluation of zein/chitosan nanocomplex for encapsulation and controlled release of hydrophilic and hydrophobic nutrients”. Oral presentation at 11th International Hydrocolloids Conference, Purdue University, IN. May, 2012.
  • Luo Y,Wang, Q. “Development of zein nanoparticles coated with carboxymethyl chitosan for encapsulation and controlled release of vitamin D3”. Oral presentation at ACS Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. March, 2012.
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