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Featured Profile: Li-Qun “Andrew” Gu


Li-Qun "Andrew" Gu

University of Missouri researcher and innovator Dr. Li-Qun “Andrew” Gu is creating medical solutions.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, Gu is working to develop new approaches to the electronic detection of proteins, DNA and their interactions. Gu leads an interdisciplinary laboratory with a long term vision: integrating biomolecular engineering with nanobiotechnology to explore life science problems and to develop new tools for customized health care. Biomolecular engineering explores biological processes and properties at the molecular level in order to create improvements and solve problems, while nanobiotechnology uses extremely small materials to impact living things. Both fields have vast potential to advance medical discovery, improving treatments for cancer, heart disease and many other ailments.

Gu is also developing “smart nanopores” – tiny holes at the nano-scale useful for diagnostic tools applied to numerous situations including healthcare, agriculture and food safety detection.

Gu’s research has appeared in Nature and Science. In recognition of his expertise, he received a National Science Foundation CAREER award. He also holds several patents.

Dr. Andrew Gu is an associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering, a joint unit of the Colleges of Engineering and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. He is also an investigator at MU’s Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center.

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Related Initiative(s):
One Health/One Medicine