Welcome to the Rao Lab
Our main research focus is to design, synthesize and evaluate novel molecular probes for imaging or manipulating targeted biomolecules in normal and diseased states. New projects often begin by identifying an important molecular target and then designing specific probes for that target. Next we evaluate new probes by performing cellular and in vivo imaging experiments.
We also develop novel biosensors, new strategies for early biomarker detection in biological samples, and improved methods of high throughput drug screening, and drug delivery. Our favorite targets are often enzymes that catalyze specific biochemical transformations, such as proteases, beta-lactamases, ribozymes, and kinases. More
Our lab members contribute diverse backgrounds and expertise including synthetic and physical chemistry, protein and nanoparticle engineering, molecular and cellular biology, and many more. Each individual plays crucial roles in multiple research projects, so that our successes capitalize on effective collaborations between team members.
Our combined wealth of expertise and generous cooperation among lab members enables the rapid development of exciting and innovative projects, while providing an excellent research and training environment for Ph.D. scientists and graduate students, medical students and residents. Meet the Team
Jianghong Rao, Ph.D. is a Professor of Radiology and Chemistry (courtesy), as well as a member of the Molecular Imaging, Bio-X, Cancer Biology, and Biophysics Programs at Stanford University School of Medicine. More
Welcoming new members!
We are excited to welcome our new postdoc Anthony Ku! More
Outstanding synthetic organic chemists and molecular and cellular biologists are welcome to apply for postdoctoral positions. Chemistry candidates must have a Ph.D. in organic or medicinal chemistry with experience in multi-step synthesis, and biology candidates must have a Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, or related discipline. All candidates are expected to possess good written and verbal communication skills. Previous experience with in vivo imaging research is a plus. Interested candidates should read more on our research. More
As always, Stanford graduate students are encouraged to contact Prof. Rao directly.