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Dr. Yong Wang

Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Cell Medicine

Dr. Wang got his Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University in 2004. He started his faculty position in 2006, was early promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2011 and was approved for promotion to Full Professor in 2016. He received a CAREER Award and an INSPIRE Award from NSF. Dr. Wang is Fellow of AIMBE. He used to play different sports. Now he spends most of his leisure time playing soccer with his son. Please see Dr. Wang’s resume to find more about his background.

Current Members


Xuelin Wang

Ph.D. Candidate

Since 08/2019

Xuelin’s research interests focus on synthesizing polyvalent nanostructures across the cell surface for the treatment of various diseases.  In her free time, she likes going hiking, reading novels and cooking dishes.


Kyungsene (Keith) Lee

Ph.D. Candidate

Since 08/2020

Kyungsene’s research interests include cell surface engineering for biomedical applications. He loves to work out, play tennis, and go hiking in his free time.


Connie Wen

Ph.D. Candidate

Since 01/2021

Connie is interested in doing research on the application of aptamer functionalized hydrogel in tissue regeneration. She enjoys reading Sherlock Holmes novels and swimming during her free time.


Yixun Wang

Ph.D. Candidate

Since 01/2022

Yixun focus on aptamer and hydrogel drug delivery system. He loves fishing and cooking.

Alumni & Former Members

Ph.D. Students

Niancao Chen

08/2010 – 12/2014

Scientist, Frontage Laboratories, Inc.

Xiaolong Zhang

01/2011 – 09/2015

Senior Scientist, Frontage Laboratories, Inc.

Shihui Li

08/2011 – 01/2016

Research Scientist, Panacyte Scientific LLC

Boonchoy Soontomworajit

08/2006 – 05/2011

Assistant Professor, Thammasat University (Thailand)

Jing Zhou

01/2007 – 11/2010 

Postdoctoral Fellow, Tufts University

Mark Battig

08/2009 – 12/2014

Postdoctoral Fellow, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Erin Gaddes

08/2013 – 08/2016

Postdoctoral Fellow, Lin-Zhi International

Nan Zhao

08/2015 – 08/2019

Postdoctoral Fellow, John Hopkins University

James Coyne

08/2016 – 05/2021

Research Scientist, BioAgilytix Labs

Lidya Abune

08/2016 – 03/2022

Brandon Davis

08/2018 – 06/2023

Postdoctoral Fellows

Zhaoyang Zhang


Scientist, National Institutes for Food & Drug Control in China

Jinping Lai

03/2015 – 07/2018

Senior Scientist, Frontage Laboratories, Inc.

Peng Shi


Assistant Professor, South China University of Technology, Department of Bioengineering 

Huizhen Jia


Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Naveen Kumar Singh

01/2022 – 01/2023

Assitant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati,
Department of Biomedical Engineering

M.S. & B.S. Students

Jacob Martin

Derek Hargrove

Brian Schwab

Nha Duong

Dagan Alon

Eleni Kursten

Yike Huang

Andrew Simonson (’16)

Akiho Suzuki (’18)

Mridula Menon (’19)

Emily Schwartz (’21)

Andrea Ryan

Congtin Phan

Emily Tao

Matt Turiano

Matthew Snipes

Alyssa Smith

David Yeroushalmi

Alex Chan (’18)

 Anuoluwapo Olubode (M.S. ’18)

Carol de Araújo (’20)

Daniel Zachs

Kyle O’Brien

Geetali Pradhan

Kelsey Boch

Vibhavari Sail

Christine Mallek

Maria Hudock

Justin Dinenberg (’17)

Stefanie Blanco (M.S. ’19)

Allison Brown (’20)

Rachel Lellis

Michael Stellon

Susan Hamilla

Wafa Aresh

Alexander Mann

Katelyn Duncan

Gunisha Arora (M.S. ’21)

Xuechen Shi

David Kauffman (’18)

Merryl Augustine (’19)

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