Principle Investigator
Shaochen Chen
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Dr. Shaochen Chen is a Professor in the Nanoengineering Department and the Bioengineering Department at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is the Founding Director of the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Center. He is also a faculty member of the Institute of Engineering in Medicine and Clinical and Translational Research Institute at UC San Diego. Before joining UCSD, Dr. Chen had been a Professor and a Pearlie D. Henderson Centennial Endowed Faculty Fellow in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Chen served as the Program Director for the Nanomanufacturing Program in the National Science Foundation (NSF). Among his numerous awards, Dr. Chen received the CAREER award from NSF in 2001 and the Young Investigator award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in 2004. Dr. Chen is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Fellow of the International Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE), Fellow of the International Society for NanoManufacturing (ISNM), and Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Our Research

The Chen group is interested in developing 3D bioprinting techniques with a micro or nanoscale printing resolution. We explore novel nanomaterials and biomaterials for tissue engineering applications using stem cells (e.g. human induced pluripotent stem cells, iPSCs). Our group not only investigates the fundamental scientific issues, such as cell interactions with micro and nano-environments, biomaterials science, nanophotonics, and biomechanics, but also solves the technological and translational issues associated with tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Read more...

  • Michelle Ma is selected as a Siebel Scholar and selected as a finalist of Life Science Award in 3D Printing by Millipore Sigma
  • Dr. Chen received the Milton C. Shaw Manufacturing Research Medal from ASME for his "seminal contribution to the science and technology of manufacturing processes in the area of 3-D printing, bioprinting and nanomanufacturing" (6.2017)
  • Our work on "Direct 3D bioprinting of prevascularized tissue constructs with complex microarchitecture" is now published in Biomaterials
  • Our work on "Continuous Optical 3D Printing of Green Aliphatic Polyurethanes" is now published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • Our work on "3D printed phantoms to validate diffusion tensor imaging in skeletal muscle", is accepted to publish in Tissue Engineering
  • Our former MS and PhD graduate, Dr. Carlos Aguilar is now Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (
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