[Illinois] CABPN Workshop Nov.7,2012 - Biomaterials, Nanomedicine, Tissue Engineering
From the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering:
Our research is focused on design, synthesis, characterization and evaluation of polymeric and nano-structured biomaterials for fundamental studies as well as their biomedical applications. A broad scope of multidisciplinary areas is covered in our research, including materials science, organic and polymer chemistry, bioengineering and pharmaceutical science. We are interested in and working on the following specific research projects:
Polymer-drug and silica-drug nanomedicines for improved cancer therapy and diagnosis.
Polypeptide synthesis, characterization and self-Assembly; ring-opening polymerization of amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides.
Functional and responsive polymers and controlled release systems.
Cell-penetrating peptides and polypeptides for drug and gene delivery
Stem cell tissue engineering
Professor Jianjun Cheng received a BS degree in chemistry from Nankai University, China, in 1993, a MS in chemistry from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1996 and a PhD in materials science from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2001. After working as a senior scientist at Insert Therapeutics, Inc. from 2001 to 2004, and as a research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2004 to 2005, he joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois in 2005. He is an affiliate with the Department of Chemistry, Department of Bioengineering, Beckman Institute, Institute of Genomic Biology, and Micro- and Nanotechnology Laboratory. He is also a Full Member of Cancer Center of University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Cheng has been named as Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students at Illinois for five consecutive times (2008, 2009 and 2010). Prof. Cheng is the recipient of a Prostate Cancer Foundation Competitive Award (2007), a NSF Career Award (2008), Xerox Award for Faculty Research (2010) and National Institute of Health Director's New Innovator Award (2010).
Researchers should cite this work as follows:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL