Jiajie Diao

Associate Professor, Department of Cancer Biology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Co-Director, Center for Chemical Imaging in Biomedicine, University of Cincinnati


Ph.D. in Physics, Dec. 2010, Advisor: Taekjip Ha, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

M.A. in Physics, May 2005, George Washington University, USA

B.S. in Applied Physics, Jul. 2001, Xi'an Jiaotong University , China


  • Assistant Professor, 2015-2021, Department of Cancer Biology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati OH, USA

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate / Research Specialist, 2011-2015, Supervisor: Axel T. Brunger, Stanford University & Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Stanford CA, USA


  • Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award, 2022 (University of Cincinnati Chapter, USA).

  • ChemBioTalents, 2022 (ChemBioChem, Wiley-VCH).

  • College of Medicine Research Rising Star Award, 2019 (University of Cincinnati, USA).

  • Dr. David Millhorn Innovation Award, 2018 (PJ Parkinson's Support Group of Blount County, USA).

  • IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Biological Physics, 2017 (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics).

  • L.S. Edelheit Family Fellowship, 2010 (University of Illinois, USA).

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, 2009 (University of Illinois, USA).

  • Colgate-Palmolive Graduate Award, 2008 (Colgate-Palmolive Co. & Univ. of Illinois, USA).

  • Chinese Government Award for outstanding self-financed student abroad, 2007 (China).

  • Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Prize, 2005 (Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation, Switzerland).

  • GW Fellowship, 2003, 2004, 2005 (George Washington University, USA).

  • Bell Atlantic Fellowship, 2002, 2003 (Verizon Co. & George Washington University, USA).

  • Grand Prize of the 7th National “Challenge Cup” Competition, 2001 (Chinese Government, China).



  • American Physical Society

  • Biophysical Society

  • IEEE

Symposium organizer

  • Mar. 2023, Imaging biopolymers and biological assemblies in living systems. American Chemical Society Spring Meeting, Indianapolis IN, USA.

  • Oct. 2022, Subcellular dynamics in cancer. University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati OH, USA.

  • Spet. 2019, The cross-talk between membrane and protein. 1st International Conference on Biomechanics and Medical Engineering (ICBME 2019), San Diego CA, USA.

Grant reviewer

  • Swiss National Science Foundation

  • Genomics Network, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

  • The United Kingdom-Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

  • The Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China

  • Graduate Women in Science

  • The French National Research Agency

Journal editor

  • Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews (guest editor), 2022-2023

  • BMC Biology, 2021-present

  • Journal of Molecular Biology (guest editor), 2021-2023

  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (guest editor), 2021

  • Current Neuropharmacology ("neurotransmitters" section), 2021-present

  • Nano Life (guest editor), 2019

  • Frontiers in Neuroscience ("neurodegeneration" section), 2019-present

  • Scientific Reports, 2017-present

  • PLOS ONE, 2017-present

  • Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, 2015-present

  • PeerJ, 2015-2017

  • Physical Biology (guest editor), 2015

Journal reviewer

Accounts of Materials Research, ACS Nano, Advanced Biosystems, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, Advanced Electronic Materials, Advanced Materials, Aging, AIP Advances, Analytical Chemistry, Applied Nanoscience, Applied Physics Letters, Autophagy, BBA Biomembranes, Biochemistry, Biochemical Journal, Biophysical Journal, Biophysics Reports, Biomaterials, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences, Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, BMC Biochemistry, Briefings in Bioinformatics, Carbohydrate Polymers, CCS Chemistry, Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics, Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, ChemNanoMat, ChemPhysChem, Chemical Communications, Chemical Science, Chinese Chemical Letters, Chinese Physics B, Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal, Elife, EMBO Journal, FEBS Journal, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Frontiers in Neurology, Frontiers in Neuroscience, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, International Journal of Radiation Biology, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Journal of Innovative Optical Health Sciences, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Journal of Nanomaterials, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Separation Science, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Journal of Visualized Experiments, Light Science & Applications, Microchimica Acta, Modern Physics Letters B, Molecular Neurobiology, Nano Letters, Nano Research, Nanomedicine, Nanoscale, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters, Nanotechnology, Nature Chemical Biology, Nature Communications, Nature Protocols, Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, Nucleic Acids Research, Oncotarget, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Physica Scripta, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Protein & Peptide Letters, Science China Materials, Scientific Reports, Small, Small Methods, Soft Matter, View.