Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada, responsible for 30% of all deaths. Unfortunately, the traditional cancer diagnosis and therapy suffer from low sensitivity and efficiency. Emerging nanotechnologies have driven the development of multifunctional therapeutic and diagnostic nanoplatforms to address challenging issues associated with cancer. As part of his research project, Fan Yang developed multifunctional self-assembled supernanoparticles, which demonstrate the potential use for deep-tissue bimodal in vivo imaging and dual-mode heating therapy. His study is a significant contribution to the engineering of multifunctional theranostic nanoplatforms for biomedical applications.