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Li-Qun "Andrew" Gu Associate Professor

  • Li-Qun "Andrew" Gu
  • Associate Professor
  • Bioengineering
  • 573-882-2057
  • Office
  • 221 Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center
  • Columbia, MO 65211

Li-Qun “Andrew” Gu is an associate professor in the Bioengineering Department and Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Missouri. With research interests in biomolecular engineering and nanobiotechnology, his interdisciplinary lab integrates a variety of single-molecule detection technologies, including aptamer-encoded nanopores. His goal is to develop nanosensor devices that can both detect clinically important biomarkers and probe biomolecular interactions. Research topics include: detection in personalized medicine with tools of biomolecular engineering and nanobiotechnology; single molecule detection through biosensors and biochips; and protein ion channel structure, function and design. Currently he is developing “smart nanopores” as the next generation of single-molecule biosensors for point-of-care detection in personalized medicine and biodefense. Gu has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award and funding from National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop new approaches to the electronic detection of proteins, DNAs and their interactions. His research has been published in the journals Nature, Science and PNAS.

Technical Focus

  • Nanopore technology
  • Membrane protein biophysics
  • Biomedical research


  • PhD, MS and BS from Nankai University