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Gibson Group: Yanan Gao


Ya Nan was born and raised in Jilin, China. She graduated from Jilin Normal University and obtained her Bacherlor’s Degree in Biological Science in 2012. She subsequently began her master’s program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Jilin University and graduated in 2015. She was involved in a project to synthetic polypeptide, and then apply this peptide on type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disorder within the body’s immune system. After graduation, she worked for Gene Company as a client relationship officer. From March of 2018 to October of 2021, she had been working as a Research Assistant in the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen, China. She led a research project entitled “Decellularized liver as a translucent ex vivo model for vascular embolization evaluation”.  

Yanan has strong communication skills, organization and problem-solving skills including scientific inquiry.  

Proficient in animal experiments, organ decellularization and recellularization. Proficient in biomaterials formulation and characterizations, including the design and synthesis of PDLLA-based shape memory particles, embolic agents and emulsion stabilizer. Proficient in cell culture, flow cytometry, H&E, SEM, AFM, HIM, TGA & DSC, micro-CT. Familiar with synthetic chemistry and drug release studies. 

Yanan has always been fascinated by the idea of using biomaterials and bio-engineering approaches to address global healthcare problems. To be around other scientists on a daily basis sharing ideas and experience is an atmosphere in which she excels. She loves to be challenged, to be presented with a problem and working to find a solution.  

Research Interests  

Yanan will be focusing on development of 3D spheroid models for application on new polymers-based cryopreservation evaluation. 


Yanan Gao, Zhihua Li, Yin Hong, Tingting Li, Xiaoyan Hu, Luyao Sun, Zhengchang Chen, Zijian Chen, Zhiheng Luo, Xin Wang, Jian Kong, Guanglei Li, Hsing-Lin Wang, Hwa Liang Leo, Hanry Yu, Lei Xi, Qiongyu Guo. Decellularized liver as a translucent ex vivo model for vascular embolization evaluation. Biomaterials, 2020. (doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2020.119855 )

Li, Z. Chen,Y. Gao,Z. Chen, Y. Ye, L. Sun, Q. Guo. Glass Transition Zone Precisely Controls Microparticle Shape Memory Effect for Liver Trans-Arterial Embolization (Submitted) 

National Invention Patent: Liver model and its preparation method and application. (PSUBIM2018007CN1). Inventor: Q. Guo, Y. Gao, Z. Chen. 



Jilin Normal University

Bacherlor's Degree in Biological Science (2012)

Master Program in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (2015)


Email: ya-nan dot gao at warwick dot ac dot uk

Address: Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL