Portrait of Dr. Guanrong Zheng standing in his lab wearing a crisp, white UF College of Pharmacy lab coat. He is smiling and wears thinly rimmed glasses. His hair is short, black, and neatly cut.
Guangrong Zheng, PhD

Guangrong Zheng, PhD – PI

Guangrong Zheng, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Florida (UF), College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Zheng received his BS in medicinal chemistry from Fudan University and his PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica. He then completed his postdoc training in drug design and discovery at the University of Kentucky, College of Pharmacy. Before he joined UF in March 2018, he was a faculty member at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy. Download Dr. Zheng’s CV.

Professional portrait of Dr. Zhixing Wu. He is wearing a crisp, white UF Health lab coats and thinly rimmed black glasses. His hair is shaved short.
Zhixing Wu

Zhixing Wu, PhD – Research Assistant Professor

Zhixing Wu, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry housed in Dr. Zheng’s lab.

Dr. Wu was first educated in chemistry at Sichuan University and went on to obtain his PhD from Shanghai Instituted of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences. There, his research included natural product total synthesis, synthesis of protein kinase inhibitors, and synthesis of glutathione S-transferase inhibitors. During his postdoctoral research at the College of Pharmacy at Texas A&M University, Dr. Wu worked on the synthesis of Abelson kinase inhibitors, design and synthesis of Cannabinoid receptor modulators and synthesis of Soluble Epoxide Hydrolase inhibitors.

Dr. Wu then worked as a medicinal chemist and project leader in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years where his research was centered on small molecule drug discovery targeting oncogenic proteins. Collaborating with cross-functional teams, his efforts led to the discovery of 3 drug candidates, one of which is currently in phase II clinical trial.

Find out more about Dr. Wu here.

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Post-doctoral Researcher | 2019

Yufeng Xiao, PhD

Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica

Yufeng new

Post-doctoral researcher | 2021

Yi Liu, PhD

East China Normal University

Portrait of Post-Doctoral Researcher, Yi Liu. She has short, straight black hair and a beige buttoned jacket on. She is smiling.

Post-doctoral Researcher | 2022

Hui Chen, PhD

Hui Chen

Graduate Students

FOurth Year Graduate Student

Saikat Poddar

University of Dhaka

Portrait of second year graduate student Saikat Poddar. He is wearing glasses and wearing a medium navy colared shirt.

Third year Graduate Student

Matthew Burke

Cornell University

Portrait of first year graduate student Matthew Burke. He has highlights in his hair and is wear a lavendar collared shirt.

Third Year Graduate Student

Alexis Smith

University of Dayton

Portrait of graduate student Alexis Smith. She is wearing black rimmed glasses and has long light brown hair.

Second year graduate student

Vanisa Petriti

Northern State University


First Year Graduate Student

Kuntala Dey

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, S.A.S. Nagar, India

Kuntala Dey

Research Technicians

Chemist II

Peiyi Zhang, MS

Fudan University

Portrait of Zheng lab technician, Peiyi Zhang. He is wearing tortoise shell eyeglasses and wearing a crisp, white collared shirt.

chemist II

Wanyi Hu, BS

Fudan University

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Undergraduate Students

undergraduate research volunteer

Michael Pu

University of Florida

Portrait of Michael Pu, smiling with short black hair in front of a river.

Undergraduate research volunteer

Megan Mosteiro

University of Florida