Current Members

Principle Investigator

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Xinqiao Jia, Ph.D. – Curriculum Vitae
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
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

Ph.D. Candidates

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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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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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Xiaoyu Zou
B.S. Physics, Jilin Normal University, 2015
M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Delaware, 2018

Project: Biomechanical tuning of cell phenotype in a phonation-mimetic vocal fold bioreactor
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Hanyuan Gao
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, P. R. China, 2018

Project: Bioorthogonally integrated hydrogel platform for modeling cancer invasion
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Apoorva Metkari
B.S. Fiber and Textile Processing Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, India, 2018

Project: Adaptable and instructive hydrogels to promote epithelial morphogenesis
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Mugdha Pol
B.S. Microbiology, Pune University, India, 2011
M.S. Microbiology, Pune University, India, 2013

Project: Growth factor signaling in an engineered model of perineural invasion

M.S. Candidates

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Anthony Marinelli
B.S. Biological Sciences, University of Delaware, 2018

Project: Investigating cancer cell dissemination in an engineered tumor model

Past Members

  • Ph.D. Students
    • Aidan Zerdoum 2012 – 2019
      • Dissertation: Directing stem cell behaviors in an engineered vocal fold-like microenvironment
      • Current position: Wetware Engineer, Allevi, Philadelphia, PA
    • Sarah Geiger 2013 – 2018
      • Dissertation: 3D photonic sensor-integrated tissue model for strain sensing
      • Current position: Engineer, Draper Lab, Boston, MA
    • Anitha Ravikrishnan 2014 – 2019
      • Dissertation: Regulating Cell Phenotype and Function Using Custom-Designed Synthetic Matrices
      • Current position: Scientist, Finless Foods Inc. Emeryville CA
    • Kevin Dicker 2011 – 2018
      • Dissertation: Interfacial biorthogonal crosslinking for the fabrication of functional hydrogels
      • Current position: Scientist, MilliporeSigma, Burlington, MA
    • 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, Merck Research Laboratories
    • Longxi Xiao: 2007 – 2013
      • Dissertation: Mechano–Responsive Hydrogels Crosslinked by Reactive Block Copolymer Micelles
      • Current Position: Senior Analytical Chemist, Ingevity Corporation
    • Zhixiang Tong: 2008–2013
      • Dissertation: Vocal Fold Mimetic Microenvironment for the Modulation of Stem Cell Behaviors
      • Current Position: Scientist, Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation
    • 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.
    • Alexander Stuffer: 2015–2017
      • Dissertation: Vibratory culture of human mesenchymal stem cells and isolation of porcine vocal fold epithelium
      • Current Position: Research Scientist, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • 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
    • Tugba Ozdemir: 2014–2017
      • Project: In vitro assembly of functional salivary gland
      • Current position: Research Scientist, Gaziosmanpasa University, Tokat, Turkey
    • Ying Hao: 2014–2017
      • Project: Molecular design of bioactive hydrogels
      • Current position: Associate Professor, Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, China
  • Research Technicians
    • Dakota Kelly: 2015–2017
      • Project: Design and characterization of G3 vocal fold bioreactor
      • Current Position: Product Scientist, Romer Labs
  • 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
    • Mark Kai Leung Ho
    • Grant Halleran
Xinqiao JiaDepartment of Materials Science and Engineering
201 Pierre S. du Pont Hall
Newark, DE 19716 • USA
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