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), 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...

  • Dr. Chen gave six invited and keynote talks recently in
    1) Nature Conference on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine,
    2) NSF Additive Manufacturing for Health Workshop,
    3) 5th ASME NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology Conference,
    4) 2016 World Congress on In Vitro Biolog,
    5) NIH 3rd Annual Human Placenta Project Meeting,
    6) Bioengineering Department at Rice University.
  • Our lab alumni Dr. Carlos Aguilar will join the University of Michigan (Biomedical Engineering Department and School of Medicine) as an Assistant Professor.
  • Our paper on 3D bioprinted functional human liver tissue is now published in PNAS.
  • Our "3D-Printed Artificial Microfish" paper is on the Inside Cover of Advanced Materials. This work has been reported by Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and as a Top Story by the National Science Foundation. It was also reported by ABC 10 NEWS (9/2015)
  • Our 3D bioprinting work is featured in Los Angeles Times (2/2015)
  • We won the SPIE Applications of 3D Printing Best Paper Award. The paper is "3D optical printing of piezoelectric nanoparticle-polymer". (1/2015)
  • Dr. Chen is elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) (1/2015).
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