Taotao obtained his bachelor degree in chemistry from Wuhan University in June-2010. Thereafter he went to The University of Hong Kong (HKU) to go after his PhD study under the supervision of Professor Chi-Ming Che and obtained the degree in Feb-2015. After that, he has been a postdoc fellow for three years at the University of Warwick with Prof. Peter J Sadler, at HKU with Prof. Chi-Ming Che, and at The Scripps Research Institute with Prof. Xiang-Lei Yang and Paul Schimmel. Since Mar 2018, Taotao has been an Assistant Professor in School of Science and Engineering of The Chinese Unviersity of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. His research interests lie at the interface of chemistry and biology, particularly, medicinal chemistry and chemical biology, including anti-cancer compounds (inorganic and organic) with in vitro and in vivo activities, drug target identification, luminescent DNA probes, and drug self-assembly and delivery. His research has been recognized by local and international awards, such as SciFinder Future Leaders, Li Ka Shing Prizes, Hong Kong Young Scientist Awards, Finalist of Reaxys PhD Prize and Springer Theses Prize.


Medicinal chemistry of metal medicines

  • Luminescent biological probes

  • Chemical biology

Awards and Honors
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 01


    SciFinder Future Leaders established by Chemical Abstract Service & American Chemical Society, USA

  • 02


    Li Ka Shing Prizes

  • 03


    Finalist of Reaxys PhD Prizes

  • 04


    Springer Theses Prize

  • 05


    Winner of Hong Kong YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARDS in Physical/Mathematical Science, established by Hong Kong Institution of Science.

Academic Publications

Zou, T., Hung, F.-F., Yang, C., Che, C.-M. Strongly Phosphorescent Transition-Metal Complexes with N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands as Cellular Probes. In: Luminescent and Photoactive Transition Metal Complexes as Biomolecular Probes and Cellular Reagents Vol. 165 (Ed.: Lo, K. K.-W.). Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2015, pp. 181-203.


Zou, T.; Lum, C. T.; Lok, C.-N.; To, W.-P.; Low, K.-H.; Che, C.-M., A Binuclear Gold(I) Complex with Mixed Bridging Diphosphine and Bis(N-Heterocyclic Carbene) Ligands Shows Favorable Thiol Reactivity and Inhibits Tumor Growth and Angiogenesis In Vivo. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 5810-5814.