Current Members

Principle Investigator

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Xinqiao Jia, Ph.D.Curriculum Vitae
Associate Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Biomedical Engineering Program
Center for Translational Cancer Research (CTCR)
Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI)
University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

Postdoctoral Researcher, Chemical Engineering, MIT, 2002–2005
Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2002
B.S., Applied Chemistry, Fudan University, China, 1995

Office: 206 DuPont Hall
Tel: 302–831–6553
Fax: 302–831–4545

Associate Scientist

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Shuang Liu
B.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, China, 2001
M.S., Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Zhejiang University, China, 2004
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Delaware, 2010
Email: lius@UDel.Edu

Project: Construction of cell–instructive multiblock copolymers using bioorthogonal reactions

Postdoctoral Researchers

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Tugba Ozdemir
B.S., Bioengineering, Ege University, Turkey, 2005
M.S., Bioengineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2010
Ph.D., Bioengineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2013

Project: In vitro assembly of functional salivary gland
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Ying Hao
B.S., Applied Chemistry, Suzhou University of Science and Technology, 2008
Ph.D., Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, Soochow University, 2013

Project: Molecular design of bioactive and stimuli–responsive polymers

Ph.D. Candidates

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Kevin Dicker
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2011

Project: Clickable hydrogels for tissue engineering
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Bradford Paik
B.S., Materials Science, University of Minnesota, 2011

Project: Synthesis and Characterization of Peptide/Polymer Hybrids
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Aidan Zerdoum
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2012

Project: Stem differentiation in engineered microenvironments
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Sarah Geiger
B.S., Chemistry; B.A., Physics; Millersville University, Millersville, PA, 2013

Project: 3D Photonic Sensor–Integrated Synthetic Matrices for Tumor Engineering
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Eric Fowler
B.S., Polymer Science, University of Southern Mississippi, 2011

Project: Fine–Tuning network structure and bioactivity to mediate epithelial cell assembly in 3D
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He Zhang
B.S., Chemistry, Nankai University, China, 2013

Project: Modular and bioorthogonal synthesis of precision polymers
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Anitha Ravikrishnan
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Anna University, India, 2012
M.S., Chemical Engineering, University at Buffalo, 2014

Project: Directing Epithelial–Mesenchymal Transition using Synthetic Extracellular Matrices
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Jiyeon Song
B.S., Fiber System Engineering, Dankook University, Korea, 2012
M.S., Fiber Chemistry, Dankook University, Korea, 2014

Project: Spatial control of cell behavior via interfacial bioorthognal chemistry
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Olivia George
Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics, Texas A&M University, College Station, 2015

Project: Synthetic matrices with anisotropic features for the construction of a vocal fold tissue model
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Chris Lee
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Global Health, Northwestern University, 2016

Project: Investigating cancer metastasis in biomimetic synthetic matrices

M.S. Candidates

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Alexander Stuffer
B.S., Biology, Salisbury University, 2015

Project: Mechanotransduction in Engineered Tissue Models
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Xiaoyu Zou
B.S. Physics, Jilin Normal University

Project: Modeling Tumor Growth and Metastasis in Synthetic Matrices

Undergraduate Student

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Dakota Kelly
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware

Project: In vitro evaluation of cellular uptake of polymeric nanoparticles
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Mark Kai Leung Ho
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware (Expected May 2016)

Project: Peptide–modified hyaluronic acid hydrogels
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Grant Halleran
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware (Expected May 2016)

Project: Vibrational devices for vocal fold tissue engineering

Past Members

  • Ph.D. Students
    • Vinu Krishnan 2009 – 2015
      • Dissertation: Bioengineering targeted nanodrugs for hematologic malignancies
      • Current position: Postdoctoral scientist, University of California, Santa Barbara
    • Xian Xu: 2008 – 2013
      • Dissertation: Engineered tumor models for the evaluation of nanoparticle–based cancer therapeutics
      • Current Position: Senior Scientist, Pharmaceutical Development, NAL Pharma.
    • Longxi Xiao: 2007 – 2013
      • Dissertation: Mechano–Responsive Hydrogels Crosslinked by Reactive Block Copolymer Micelles
      • Current Position: Senior Chemist, Jordi Labs
    • Zhixiang Tong: 2008–2013
      • Dissertation: Vocal Fold Mimetic Microenvironment for the Modulation of Stem Cell Behaviors
      • Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
    • Lisa Gurski: 2007–2012
      • Dissertation: Hyaluronic acid–based hydrogel systems for mechanistic studies of prostate cancer metastasis
      • Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    • Sarah Grieshaber: 2006–2011
      • Dissertation:Tunable Elastin–Mimetic Multiblock Hybrid Copolymers for Biomedical Applications
      • Current Position: Scientist, SABIC Innovative Plastics
    • Alexandra Farran: 2005–2011
      • Dissertation: Tissue Engineering of Vocal Fold Lamina Propria
      • Current Position: Scientist, L'Oreal
    • Amit Jha: 2005–2010
      • Dissertation: Hyaluronic Acid–Based Hydrogel Particles and Doubly Crosslinked Networks for Soft Tissue Regeneration
      • Current Position: Scientist, Dentsply, Milford, DE
  • M.S. Students
    • Xinyi Wang: 2010–2012
      • Dissertation: Hyaluronic acid–based hydrogels for cartilage repair.
      • Current Position: Chemist, General Separation Technologies, Inc.
    • Xiaowei Yang: 2010–2013
      • Dissertation: Synthesis and characterization of functional polyester elastomers.
      • Current position: Researcher, Alphasense Inc.
  • Postdoctoral Researchers
    • Dr. Nurettin Sahiner: 2005–2007
      • Project: Synthesis and characterization of hyaluronic acid–based hydrogel particles.
      • Current position: Associate Professor, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University
    • Dr. Fang Jia: 2007–2009
      • Project: Effects of high frequency vibratory stimulation on stem cell differentiation.
      • Current position: Scientist, School of Medicine, Tsinghua University
    • Dr. Ting Nie: 2008–2009
      • Project: Assembly properties of alanine–rich, lysine–containing peptide in the presence of polymeric surfactants.
      • Current position: Research Chemist, Evonik Stockhausen, LLC
    • Dr. Xiaoying Wang: 2008–2010
      • Project: Amphiphilic block co–polyesters bearing pendant cyclic ketal groups as nanocarriers for controlled release of cancer theapeutics.
      • Current position: Professor, Jinan University
    • Dr. Chao Liu: 2008–2010
      • Project: Amphiphilic block copolymer micelles as microscopic crosslinkers for the formation of responsive hydrogels.
    • Dr. Anna Greene: 2009–2011
      • Project: Amphiphilic mutliblock copolymers via the combination of controlled radical polymerization and step growth, click coupling reaction.
      • Current position: Assistant Curriculum Director for the Graduate Program in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences, Dartmouth College
    • Dr. Chengzhong Cui: 2010–2011
      • Project: Synthesis of functional polyesters with elastomeric properties.
      • Current position: Scientist, Solvay
    • Dr. Samuel H. Lahasky: 2013–2014
      • Project: Directing nanoscale assembly of peptide–containing multiblock polymers
      • Current position: Project manager, SciGenesis
    • Shivshankar R. Mane: 2015–2016
      • Project: Synthesis and characterization of peptide–containing multiblock polymers
      • Current position: Postdoctoral Associate, Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Undergaduate Students
    • Michael Allerton
    • Meghan Woods
    • Christie Brandt
    • Aditya Bose
    • Michael R. Ruggieri
    • Christine Lummer
    • Lamoyne M. Habimana–Griffin
    • Kathryn Barber
    • James Thomson
    • Eric Levi
    • Patrick Crane
    • Rachel Boedeker