Professor Xiaowu (Shirley) Tang joined the Department of Chemistry & Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) at the University of Waterloo (UW) in 2006. Currently, she is the Associate Dean of Science, Research, and a member of the Board of Directors for WIN. During 2014-2017, she served as the Director of Nanotechnology Engineering (NE) program, Canada’s only undergraduate NE program. Prior to joining UW, she received her Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and pursued postdoctoral work at Stanford University. She also had 3 years of industrial experience in Silicon Valley, California, and is a co-founder of LeNano Diagnostics, Inc, a company incorporated in 2016. The Tang group is internationally recognized for its pioneer work on hybrid nanobio- materials and devices, with contributions particularly to the material, surface, and physical chemistries dealing with carbon nanostructures. Of significance is the development of biomarker sensing platforms for early diagnosis and management of chronic diseases. A low-cost point-of-care testing platform based on carbon nanotube biosensors is currently under transition to commercialization. Another noteworthy aspect of Tang’s research is the creation of a class of hybrid scaffold materials for tissue engineering, which integrates functional nanostructures and biopolymers to offer extraordinary mechanical, electrical, and rheological properties. The new materials, combined with 3D-printing and microfabrication, could provide disruptive technologies for the fabrication of tissues/organs, which can find important applications in drug screening and regenerative medicine. Her work has led to publications on prestigious journals, such as Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Biotechnology, Journal of American Chemical Society, Advanced Materials, and Nano Letters, as well as patent applications, multiple industrial partnerships, media reports, and invited lectures. Prof. Tang received the Leader’s Opportunity Award from Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) in 2008 and the Stars in Global Health Award from Grand Challenges Canada in 2012, Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Achievements in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, NanoOntario, in 2018.