Gateway Park 4001, 60 Prescott Street, Worcester, MA 01609
MS Clarkson University 1999
PhD University of California, Irvine 2002

Professor Zhou’s research specializes in the versatile field of biosensors. Specifically, her research includes the application of microfabrication and nanotechnology to the development of biosensors based on Electrochemical (EC), Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR), and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS). Her team seeks to use these technologies to advance the understanding of biological systems and processes. Such exploration will be ultimately applied to advancing healthcare, with a focus on infectious diseases and immune responses. 

Professor Zhou teaches Advanced Chemical Processes, Chemical Engineering Unit Operation Labs, and Fluid Mechanics. Her educational efforts include incorporating novel approaches to WPI’s project-based learning in her teaching and providing students with valuable global education opportunities. She thoroughly enjoys working with WPI’s bright and diverse student population of undergraduate and graduate students alike.

Worcester Business Journal
WPI team developing bacteria biosensor

This article was featured in the Worcester Business Journal. The research by Hong Susan Zhou, associate professor of chemical engineering, has led to a biosensor that could be used to quickly detect C. diff bacteria. Zhou is principal investigator for the biosensor research program, and Yuxiang (Shawn) Liu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is co-PI.