Hung-Jen Wu

Assistant Professor


Office: 227 CHEN
Phone: 979.862.1454
Fax: (979) 845-6446

Research Website

Research Interests

Dr. Wu’s research focuses on using nanostructured materials and analytical tools to develop diagnostic techniques for disease screening. The applications of these techniques include, infectious diseases screening (e.g. tuberculosis, HIV, etc), imaging complex biological networks that are critical to the development of diseases (e.g. cancer), exploring cell membrane function, and drug discovery.

Awards & Honors

  • Kaneka Junior Faculty Award (2016)


  • B.S., National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  • M.S., National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Selected Publications

Weatherston, J.D., Worstell, N.C., Wu, H. -J., “Quantitative Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) for Kinetic Analysis of Aldol Condensation Using Ag-Au Core-Shell Nanocube”, Analyst, vol. 141, pp. 6051-6060 (2016). DOI: 10.1039/C6AN01098A

Worstell, D. N., Krishnan, P., Weatherston, D. J., Wu, H. -J., “Binding Cooperativity Matters: A GM1-like Ganglioside-Cholera Toxin B Subunit Binding Study Using a Nanocube-Based Lipid Bilayer Array,” PLOS ONE , 11(4): e0153265 (2016)

Iversen, L., Tu, H-.L., Lin, W.-C, Christensen, S.M., Abel, S.M., Iwig, J., Wu, H.-J., Gureasko, J., Yu, C-.H., Rhodes, C., Petit, R. S., Stamou, D., Chakraborty, A.K., Kuriyan, J., Groves, J.T., “Ras activation by SOS: Allosteric regulation by altered fluctuation dynamics”, vol. 345, pp.50-54, Science. (2014).

Fan, J., Niu, S., Dong, A., Shi, J., Fine, D., Wu, H.-J., Tian, Y. et al., “Nanopore film based enrichment and quantification of low abundance hepcidin from human bodily fluids,” Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine, vol. 10, pp. 879-888. (2014) [Cover Article]. Reported by Science Translational Medicine (Editors' Choice), vol. 6, Issue 227, p. 227ec44 (2014), DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3008861

Wu, H.-J., Li, Y., Fan, J., Deng, Z., Zhao, H., Graviss, E. A., Liu, X., Ferrari, M., Ma, X., Hu, Y.,“ Antibody-Free Detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Antigen Using Customized Nanotraps,” Analytical Chemistry, 86:1988-1996. (2014) Highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News, 2014;

Wang, Z., Wu, H.-J., Fine, D., Schmulen, J., Hu, Y., Godin, B., Zhang, J.X., Liu, X., “Ciliated micropillars for the microfluidic-based isolation of nanoscale lipid vesicles,” Lab-on-a-chip, 13:2879-2882 (2013). DOI: 10.1039/C3LC41343H

Wu, H.-J., Henzie, J., Lin, W.-C., Rhodes, C., Li, Z., Thorner, J., Yang, P., Groves, J.T., "Membrane-Protein Binding Measured with Solution-Phase Plasmonic Nanocube Sensors," Nature Methods, 9:1189-91 (2012)