Xiaohua Huang

Dunavant Professor

SM 209
Office Hours
By appointment
Xiaohua Huang

About Dr. Xiaohua Huang

Dr. Huang received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Georgia Tech in 2006. After postdoctoral training at Georgia Tech and Emory University, she joined The University of Memphis as an assistant professor in 2010, tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2016, and promoted to full professor in 2021. Dr. Huang's research focuses on the development of advanced nanomaterials and related technologies for cancer detection and laser treatment, particularly blood-based early cancer detection and metastasis prediction. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles with over 37,000 citations. She has received several honors including the Dunavant Professorship from the College of Arts & Sciences, American Association for Cancer Research – Women in Cancer Research Brigid G Leventhal Scholar, Oak Ridge Associated Universities' Ralph E Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, and Early Career and Research Award in College of Arts & Sciences at The University of Memphis. Her research is supported by NIH and some other agencies.


  • Postdoc. in Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering, Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology (Advisors: Prof. Shuming Nie and Prof. Mostafa A. El-Sayed), 2006 - 2010.
  • PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology (Advisor: Prof. Mostafa A. El-Sayed), 2006. 
  • MS in Physical Chemistry, Peking University, 2001.
  • BS in Chemistry, Jilin University, 1996.

Research Interests

Bioanalytical chemistry and cancer nanomedicine. Research areas include plasmonic and magnetic nanomaterials, exosomes, circulating tumor cells (CTCs), optical imaging/spectroscopy, surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy, microfludics, early cancer detection, metastasis prediction, and photothermal/photodynamic therapies.  


  • National Institutes of Health
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities
  • Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh
  • FedEx Institute of Technology Innovation Fund
  • The University of Memphis