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No matter what the application may be, biomaterials of the future are likely to be multifunctional, bio-responsive, and well-defined. We are interested in exploring how to engineer polymers so we can build such biomaterials and use them to solve problems in biology and medicine. To accomplish this, we draw inspirations and design principles from biology and merge expertise from many disciplines including polymer chemistry, protein engineering, macromolecular assembly, immunology, physiology, and stem cell biology.
We strive to develop polymers and nano-materials that are biologically compatible, target specific cells and tissues in the body, and change their properties in response to physiological signals. Such “smart” biomaterials can be useful vehicles for delivering drugs to treat diseases without toxic side-effects. They may also serve as building blocks for constructing implantable scaffolds that harness and promote the intrinsic healing and regenerative power of stem cells.
We are always looking for highly motivated individuals to join our laboratory. If you are interested in conducting research with us as a visiting scientist, postdoctoral associate, graduate student, or undergraduate student, please contact Prof. Chun Wang directly.
Prof. Chun Wang
Department of Biomedical Engineering
7-116 Hasselmo Hall
University of Minnesota
312 Church Steet S. E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455