Dr. Shaochen Chen is a Professor in the Nanoengineering department and Bioengineering Department at the University of California, San Diego. 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. Between 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 currently an elected Fellow of the:
-American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
-American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
-International Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE)
-International Society for Nano Manufacturing(ISNM)
-American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering(AIMBE)
Our research focuses on 3D bioprinting and biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative
medicine applications. We explore new knowledge of cell-material interactions in the full range
of physical dimensions (from nano- to micro- to meso-scale), time span (from femtoseconds to
months), and biological dimensions (from molecular to cellular to tissue). Our group not only
investigates the fundamental scientific issues, such as cell interactions with micro and
nano-environments, biomaterials science, and biomechanics, but also solves the technological
and translational issues associated with tissue/organ repair and regeneration.
Press and interviews about our work have appeared in NIH Director’s Blog, NIH Research Matters, NSF News, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, EurekAlert!, The Economic Times, Yahoo News, CNBC News, ABC News, etc. Our research has resulted in many patents/provisional patents. Some of them were licensed to companies (e.g. Allegro 3D, Inc.) with significant economic impact.
Specific Research Topics are:
1. 3D Printing and Bioprinting
2. Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering
3. Biomaterials and Nanomaterials