Biomaterials have played an enormous role in virtually every application in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine that support engineered tissues and organs until repairing the function and structural maintenance. My research efforts have focused on the design of 3D biomaterial scaffolding system for clinical translation. Current projects include: smart biomaterial scaffolding systems that support the regenerative medicine and tissue engineering strategies; non-invasive fluorescence-based imaging technology; stem cell-based tissue regeneration that has the potential to effectively change the treatment of injured or damaged tissues/organs; in situ tissue regeneration to take advantage of the body’s own regenerating capacity by using the host's ability to mobilize endogenous stem cells to the site of injury.
My research group focuses on development of strategies for in situ tissue regeneration in terms of mechanism of host cell recruitment, cell sourcing, cellular and molecular roles in cell differentiation, navigational cues and niche signals, and a tissue-specific smart biomaterial system from the perspective of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering.
Education Program InvolvementBiomedical Engineering PhD
Program Research Interest: Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Biomedical Imaging, Cardiovascular Engineering, Nanomedicine and Nanobioengineering, Neuroengineering, Tissue Engineering, Translational Cancer Research
Molecular Medicine and Translational Science PhD
Program Research Interest: Analytical approaches to molecular and cellular synthesis, structure and function, Genetics and gene regulation, Cell communications, Organ systems, Pathophysiology