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Research in our lab is focused on developing multiscale biomaterials to engineer living cells and tissues for two applications: Cancer treatment and cell-based medicine. The following are specific projects that are ongoing in our lab:

  • Microencapsulation of living cells (including oocytes, pluripotent stem cells, mesenchymal stem cells, primary cells, and bacterial cells) using electrospray and microfluidic devices for reproductive and regenerative medicine, biobanking, and treating infectious diseases
  • Development of nanoscale polymeric and hybrid biomaterials that are responsive to environmental stimuli (e.g., pH, temperature, and light) for delivering therapeutic agents (e.g., drugs and genes) to facilitate cell-based medicine and destroy cancer
  • Development of computational models to understand the biotransport phenomena in microencapsulating and banking living cells and tissues

We are so grateful for the support of our research and education effort by the following sponsors:



Pelotonia Cancer Fund

American Cancer Society


National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Wendy Will Case Cancer Fund (WWCCF)

U SC Research Foundation

OSU Research Foundation