Dr Wenbo Zhan
Dr Wenbo Zhan

Dr Wenbo Zhan



R353, Fraser Noble Building

School of Engineering

King's College

University of Aberdeen

Aberdeen AB24 3UE, UK


Wenbo Zhan is a Lecturer in Biological Engineering in the School of Engineering. He received his undergraduate degrees from Xi’an Jiatong University in 2008 and a master degree from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2010. He graduated from Imperial College London with his PhD degree in 2014 and then worked as a project consultant at Imperial College London and a postdoctoral research fellow at the National University of Singapore until 2016. Prior to joining the University of Aberdeen in 2019, he was a research associate at Imperial College London.


  • PhD Chemical Engineering 
    2014 - Imperial College London 
  • MSc Thermal Energy and Power Engineering 
    2010 - Harbin Institute of Technology 
  • BEng Thermal Energy and Power Engineering 
    2008 - Xi'an Jiaotong University 
  • BEc Finance 
    2008 - Xi'an Jiaotong Univerisity 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • Overall coordinator of the School MSc individual projects
  • Deputy coordinator of MSc Biomedical Engineering programme
  • Member of School of Engineering Postgraduate Learning and Teaching Committee
External Memberships
  • Guest editor for special issue of Pharmaceutical Research, 2021/22
  • Adjunct to the chair of the 18th CAOS Annual Conference, 2018 
  • Assistant to the editor for theme issue of Advanced Drug Delivery Review, 2017/18
  • Executive manager of the 8th GCCES Conference, 2016 
  • Local organising committee member of the 21st CLSS-UK Annual Conference, 2015
  • Grant reviewer for UKRI MRC, the French National Research Agency
  • Reviewer for journals, including Journal of Controlled Release, Fuel, Applied Energy, Pharmaceutical Research, International Journal of Pharmaceutics, Powder Technology, Scientific Reports, PLoS One, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Journal of the Royal Society Interface and Materials Today Bio, etc.

Research Overview

Wenbo Zhan's research centres on biological engineering and bioprocessing, with a particular focus on the biomechanics and transport processes in biological and physiological systems.

  •  Multiscale modelling of drug delivery processes 
  •  Soft tissue deformation
  •  Image-based analysis of cardiovascular fluid mechanics

Funding and Grants

  • Evaluation and optimisation of thermosensitive hydrogel for controllable drug delivery against brain tumour, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, PI, 01/02/2023 - 30/09/2023
  • Image-based modelling and optimisation of convection-enhanced delivery for combination therapy against heterogeneous human brain tumour, The Royal Society, PI, 12/08/2022 - 11/08/2024
  • Gender differences in sex hormone transport in abdominal aortic aneurysm, The Royal Society, PI, 31/03/2022 - 30/03/2024
  • Optimisation of infusion catheter posture for improving convection-enhanced drug delivery to brain cancer, Children's Brain Tumour Drug Delivery Consortium, Children with Cancer UK, PI, 01/03/2022 - 30/09/2022
  • Novel nanoparticle-embedded membranes for long-term bioactive SARS-CoV2 prevention, Grampian University Hospitals NHS Trust, Co-I, 01/04/2021 - 31/03/2023
  • Multifunctional liquid crystals stabilised by hydrogen-bounding and their integration in new devices for energy harvesting, conversion and storage, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Co-I, 23/10/2020 - 30/12/2021 

Teaching Responsibilities


   MSc Biomedical Engineering programme

Course coordinator

  • EG555L - Modelling of Biological Systems
  • EG504Q - Introduction to Engineering for Life Scientists
  • EG555N,EG59F1,EG59F2,EG59M2 - MSc Individual Project (all MSc programmes)

Course contributor  

  • EG555J - Research Methods for Bioengineers
  • EG4578 - Group Design Project (Chemical Engineering)

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  • Numerical Study on Cerebral Infusion Induced Backflow for Convection Enhanced Delivery

    Zhan, W., Bernardini, A., Konstantinou, I., Dini, D., Baena, F. R. y.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers
  • The effect of tumour size on drug transport and uptake in 3-D tumour models reconstructed from magnetic resonance images

    Zhan, W., Gedroyc, W., Xu, X. Y.
    PloS ONE, vol. 12, no. 2, e0172276
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Mathematical Modelling of Convection Enhanced Delivery of Carmustine and Paclitaxel for Brain Tumour Therapy

    Zhan, W., Arifin, D. Y., Lee, T. K., Wang, C.
    Pharmaceutical Research, vol. 34, pp. 860-873
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Model for Focused Ultrasound-mediated Thermosentitive Liposome Drug Delivery to Tumour

    Huang, Y., Zhan, W., Liu, C., Xu, X. Y.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers
  • Numerical Simulation of Thermosensitive Liposome-mediated Delivery of Doxorubicin to Solid Tumour under High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Heating

    Zhan, W., Gedroyc, W., Xu, X. Y.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers
  • Numerical Study on Convection Enhanced Delivery of Anticancer Drugs into Brain Tumour

    Zhan, W.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers
  • A Dual Tracer 18F-FCH/18F-FDG PET Imaging of an Orthotopic Brain Tumor Xenograft Model

    Fu, Y., Ong, L., Ranganath, S. H., Zheng, L., Kee, I., Zhan, W., Yu, S., Chow, P. K. H., Wang, C., Lonser, R. R. (ed.)
    PloS ONE, vol. 11, no. 2, e0148123
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Numerical Simulation of Downdraft Biomass Gasifier: Influence of Structure Designs Using CFD Simulation

    Shen, Y., Yan, W., Zhan, W., Ng, Y. W., Luo, Z., Wang, C.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Numerical Study on the Hydrodynamics Behaviour in Bubbling Fluidized Bed for Sewage Sludge Gasification

    Zhan, W., Wang, C.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • The Effect of Infusion Position on Convection-Enhanced Delivery of Anticancer Drugs to Remnant Brain Tumour after Surgery

    Zhan, W., Arifin, D. Y., Lee, T. K., Wang, C.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
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