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...

  • Paul and Wei's paper on "3D printing of hydrogel nanocomposites" will be published by Nature Communications (3/2014)
  • Kolin's paper on "Digital Plasmonic Patterning for Localized Tuning of Hydrogel Stiffness" has been accepted to publish in Advanced Functional Materials (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
  • Dr. Chen was invited to talk about bioprinting with KPCC's Crawford Family Forum, Southern California Public Radio's in-person content platform. KPCC is the largest NPR affiliate in Southern California. This talk show is for KPCC's science series, NEXT: Science-People-Tomorrow (10/2013) Read more
  • The Chen Lab recently received two grants, one from NIH and another from NSF for stem cell engineering (9/2013)
  • Paul and Wei's paper, "Relative impact of uniaxial alignment vs. form-induced stress on differentiation of human adipose derived stem cells" is now published on-line in Biomaterials. (9/2013)
  • Our postdoc, Pranav Soman started a faculty position in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University (8/2013)
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