Principle Investigator
Shaochen Chen

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), and Fellow of the International Society for NanoManufacturing (ISNM).

Our Reseach

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...

  • Dr. Chen was honored with Edward Nagy Award from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) for his significant achievement in 3D bioprinting. (8/2014)
  • Dr. Chen and our bioprinting work were featured in "Superquark" - a two-hour science show on Italy's national RA1 TV station (7/2014)
  • Our paper, "Light-assisted direct-write of 3D functional biomaterials" is recognized as a top-ten most assessed paper in journal Lab on a Chip (7/2014) PDF
  • During the last 18 months, three lab members secured Assistant Professor positions: Pranav Soman to Syracuse University, Li-Hsin Han to Drexel University, and JinWoo Lee to Gachon University.
  • Dr. Chen is invited to give a plenary talk on femtosecond laser assisted 3D nano-printing for the 2014 International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO) (
  • Paul and Wei's paper on "3D printing of hydrogel nanocomposites" will be published by Nature Communications (3/2014)
  • Prof. Chen of NanoEngineering and Prof. Kang Zhang of the School of Medicine co-direct the new Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Center at UC San Diego
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