People

Principal Investigator

Wenwen Huang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, The Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh Institute (ZJE), Zhejiang University, China

Affiliate with:

– Adjunct Professor, Department of Orthopedics of the Second Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, China
– Adjunct Professor, Key Laboratory of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine of Zhejiang Province, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, China
– Adjunct Professor, Dr. Li Dak Sum and Yip Yio Chin Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, China
– Adjunct Professor, BioMedical and Engineering Translational International Collaboration Center, Zhejiang University, China
– Honorary Lecturer, Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, UK

Dr. Wenwen Huang is an active researcher interested in the predictive design, synthesis and functionalization of protein-based biomaterials for regenerative medicine and sustainable technology innovations. She received her bachelor’s degree in Physics from Peking University, her PhD in Biophysics from Tufts University, and postdoctoral training in Biomedical Engineering from the SITEP joint program at Tufts (BME) / MIT (CEE). She joined ZJE as a faculty member in October 2018. Her research on protein-based biomaterials has been highlighted in APS News, C&EN News, MIT News, Sohu.com – technology, etc. She was awarded the title of Zhejiang Province Outstanding Young Scholar and Jiaxing City Outstanding Scholar.

Graduate Students

Ting Ji, 2019 ZJU/UoE PhD student 

Ting joined Dr. Huang’s group as a PhD graduate researcher in 2019. Her research interests focus on the design and functionalization of stimuli-responsive biomaterials for soft robotics and controlled release systems. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology science from Northwest Normal University in 2019. She is currently working on using biochemistry approaches to tailor the stimuli responsive properties of protein-based hydrogels. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, watching movies, traveling and playing badminton.

Xinchen Shen, 2020 ZJU/UoE PhD student 

Xinchen joined Huang Lab as a PhD candidate in ZJU-UoE dual Ph.D. program in 2020. Her research interests include engineering smart hydrogels and nanocomposites for drug/cell delivery as well as design microfluidic device for tissue regeneration. She received her bachelor’s degree with a major of applied bioscience from Zhejiang University in 2020. She is currently investigating the design and fabrication of silk and elastin biomaterials for non-invasive treatment of KOA. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies and learning to play new instruments.

Kexin Nie, 2021 ZJU/UoE PhD student 

Kexin began her research in Professor Huang’s lab as a PhD student at ZJE in 2021. Her research fields mainly focus on developing functional biomaterials with tunable mechanics and stimuli-responsive properties for a wide range of biomedical applications such as tissue regeneration, wound healing, tumor therapy, etc. She received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Zhengzhou University in 2021. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the fabrication of functionalized gelatin fibrous hydrogel by electrospinning and enzymatic crosslinking. This hydrogel scaffold with fibrous structure was proved to have great potential in soft tissue engineering. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, singing, travelling and dancing.

Kaiyue Zhang, 2022 ZJU/UoE PhD student 

Kaiyue joined Professor Huang’s lab as a full-time PhD student at ZJE in 2022. Her research mainly in regenerative medicine fields, including designing and exploring thermo-responsive recombinant protein polymers with active targeting and drug controlled release properties for multimodality cancer therapy. She received her master degree in nano-science and technology from Wang Chen’s group at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) in 2020. Her master’s thesis is about peptide modified thermal sensitive liposome for tumor treatment. This drug showed the high biocompatibility and antitumor effects in 4T1 tumor bearing mice model. In her spare time, she enjoys jogging, swimming, reading and shopping.

Hang Zhao, 2022 ZJU/UoE PhD student (Co-advising with Dr. Sue Welburn)

Hang joined Huang‘s Lab as a PhD candidate at ZJE in 2022, co-advising by Professors Wenwen Huang and Sue Welburn. His research fields mainly focus on developing functional biomaterials with electrical and stimuli-responsive properties for a wide range of applications such as tissue regeneration, wearable devices, soft robotics etc. He received his master’s degree in material science from Shandong University in 2022. He is currently investigating the design and fabrication of silk-based biomaterials for sensing applications. In his spare time, he enjoys jogging.

Hu Li, 2020 ZJU MSc student 

Hu is a master student in our group. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in legal medicine from Central South University in 2020. His research interests include design and synthesis of protein biomaterials for the controlled delivery of therapeutics. Outside of his research, he enjoys cooking, watching movies, swimming and running.

Hongda Wei, 2020 ZJU MSc student (Co-advising with Dr. Ting Gang Chew)

Hongda is a master student, co-advising by Professors Wenwen Huang and Ting Gang Chew. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in applied chemistry from Huazhong Agricultural University in 2019. His research interests are using biochemistry approaches to design and fabricate stimuli responsive protein-based hydrogels. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing, claying figurines, skating, swimming and singing.

Jiajia Zhang, 2021 ZJU MSc student 

Jiajia is a master student in our group. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in pharmacology from Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in 2021. Her undergraduate research focused on analyzing the active ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine. She is currently working on the design of stimuli responsive drug delivery nano-carriers for multimodality cancer therapy. Outside of her research, she enjoys listening to music and walking.

Jingyi Tian, 2022 ZJU MSc student

Jingyi joined Dr. Huang’s group as a master student in 2022. She received her bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from Yunnan University. Her project mainly focuses on biomineralization of silk hydrogels for tissue engineering. Outside of her research, she enjoys making songs, playing video games and badminton.

Zijun Zhang, 2022 UoE MSc student

Zijun joined Dr. Huang’s lab as a UoE master student in 2022. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences from China Medical University-Queen’s University Belfast joint college. His research project is currently focused on high throughput screening of tailored protein biomaterials with active targeting and stimuli-responsive drug release properties. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing.

Siyu Liu, 2022 UoE MSc student

Siyu joined Dr. Huang’s lab as a master student of UoE in 2022 fall. She received her bachelor’s degree from Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in 2019. Her research interests focus on recombinant protein hydrogels for multimodality cancer therapy. She is currently working on cancer immunotherapy. Outside of her research, she enjoys playing dota2, listening to music, watching films.

Ziheng Bai, 2022 UoE MSc student

Ziheng joined Dr. Huang’s lab as a master student of UoE in 2022 fall. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical biotechnology and biotechnology from Queen’s University Belfast and China Medical University. He mainly focused on photothermal antibacterial properties of hydrogels and drug delivery. Beyond the research, he enjoys listening to music, watching films, reading, playing computer games and baking.

Undergraduate Interns

Boxuan Wu, 2019 ZJE
Boxuan is an undergraduate student majoring in Biomedical Science. He is currently working with Xinchen on fabricating silk scaffolds for tissue regeneration. He is an outgoing person and has many hobbies. In his free time, he enjoys natural history, military science, fishing, free combat, hiking, swimming, and playing the piano.

Lele Li, 2019 ZJE
Lele is an undergraduate majoring in biomedical science. She is currently conducting SRTP project with the help of Xinchen. She is easy to get along with and enjoys music. In the free time, she is fond of playing the piano, reading literature and painting.

Alumni

Staff

– 2020: Siqi Zuo (PhD student in ZJU)

 

Master Students

– 2022: Sicheng Zhou (PhD student in ZJU), Rui Li (Lab manager at ZJE), Junting Lu (MSc student at ZJE)

 

Undergrad Students

– 2022: Yujie Zhou (MSc student at ZJE), Zijin Wang (PhD student at ZJE), Hao Huang (PhD student at ZJE), Liuyi Wu (BMS student at ZJE), Yitang Huang (BMS student at ZJE)

– 2021: Dewei Kong (PhD student in NUS), Yicong Ma (PhD student in PKU), Yixin Dai (PhD student in ZJU), Youcheng Yang (MSc student at UCLA), Wenyuan Zhu (MSc student at UZH), Zeen Xu (Staff in ZJE), Yongkang Yi (BMS student at ZJE), Yutao Ou (BMS student at ZJE)

– 2020: Yiyang Yan (PhD student in ZJU), Qingyuan Xia (BMS student at ZJE), Jingqi Qi (BMS student at ZJE)

Photo Galleria

2022 Fall – Welcome Dinner

2022 Spring- Group New Year Dinner

2021 Winter – Group Photo

2021 Summer – Group Photo

2020 Winter – Group New Year Dinner

2020 Fall – Group Photo

2020 Spring – Group Photo

2019 Winter – CORMed conference