The Bioengineering Laboratory for Nanomedicine and Tissue Engineering

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Lijie Grace Zhang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Primary)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Medicine
Division of Genomic Medicine
Institute for Nanotechnology
Center for Biomimetics and Bioinspired Engineering
The George Washington University

Email: lgzhang@email.gwu.edu

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • 3D/4D Bioprinting for Complex Tissue and Organ Regeneration
  • Biologically Inspired Smart Nanomaterials
  • Breast Cancer Metastatic Bone Model
  • Sustained and Targeted Nano Drug Delivery Systems
  • Stem Cell Engineering

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Brown University, 2009
  • M.S. Applied Chemistry, Tianjin University China, 2004
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University China, 2001

POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING

  • Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, 2010
  • Rice University, Department of Bioengineering, 2009

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • GWU OVPR Early Career Researcher Award, 2018
  • Standing Member of NIH Biomaterials and Biointerfaces Study Section (BMBI), 2017
  • Editor of Materials Science and Engineering C: Materials for Biological Applications, 2017
  • Finalist of NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award , 2017
  • ASME Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award, 2016
  • Associate Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Nanomedicine, 2016
  • SEAS Outstanding Young Researcher Award, 2015
  • Young Innovator in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 2015
  • GWU SEAS Faculty Recognition Award, 2014
  • Junior Faculty Travel Award for MRS 2014 Fall meeting (Boston), 2014
  • Finalist of NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award , 2014
  • NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, 2014
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer for NIH Bioengineering, Technology, and Surgical Sciences Study Section (BTSS), 2014
  • CTSI-CN Research Award for Mentored Collaborative Pilot Studies that Promote Integration of Clinical and Research Efforts at GW/MFA, 2013
  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 2011
  • Young Investigator Award from ASBMR Forum on Aging and Skeletal Health, 2011
  • John Haddad Young Investigator Award from American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), 2011
  • Pilot Project Award in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National (CTSI-CN), 2011
  • Early Career Award from International Journal of Nanomedicine, 2010
  • Winner of the 2010-2011 Interdisciplinary Research Fund Competition of GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering, 2010
  • Who's Who in America, 2010
  • Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2009.
  • Sigma Xi Award for Excellent Research and High Potential for Further Contributions to Science, 2009
  • STAR Award of Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting (San Antonio), 2009
  • STAR Award of Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting (Chicago), 2007
  • Edward Mason Fellowship at Brown University, 2005-2006

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)
  • American Society for Nanomedicine (ASNM)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • International Society for Biofabrication (ISBF)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE-EMBS)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society)
  • Society For Biomaterials (SFB)
  • Society of Engineering Science (SES)
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society Americas (TERMIS-AM)

TEACHING

  • Fall 2018, MAE 6238 Biomaterials & MAE 4168 Introduction of Biomaterials
  • Spring 2018, MAE 6204 Tissue Engineering
  • Fall 2017, MAE 6238 Biomaterials & MAE 4168 Introduction of Biomaterials
  • Fall 2016, MAE 6238 Biomaterials & MAE 4168 Introduction of Biomaterials
  • Spring 2016, MAE 6204 Tissue Engineering
  • Fall 2015, MAE 6238 Biomaterials & MAE 4168 Introduction of Biomaterials
  • Spring 2015, MAE 6204 Tissue Engineering
  • Fall 2014, MAE 6238 Biomaterials & MAE 4168 Introduction of Biomaterials
  • Spring 2014, MAE 6204 Tissue Engineering
  • Fall 2013, MAE 6238 Biomaterials & MAE 4168 Introduction of Biomaterials
  • Spring 2013, MAE 6204: Tissue Engineering
  • Fall 2012, MAE 6238 Biomaterials & MAE 4168 Introduction of Biomaterials
  • Spring 2012, MAE 6291-10: Tissue Engineering
  • Fall 2011, MAE 6238: Biomaterials
  • Spring 2011, MAE 6291: Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine
  • Fall 2010, MAE 238: Biomaterials
  • Future courses:
  • 3D Printing in Medicine
  • Nanomedicine
  • Stem Cell Engineering

SYMPOSIUM ORGANIZING

  • Topic Organizer of Materials and 3D Printing for Biology and Medicine, ASME IMECE, Pittsburg, November 9-14, 2018.
  • Symposium Chair of SM05: Biomaterials for Tissue Interface Regeneration, MRS Spring Meeting, April 2-6, Phoenix, AZ, 2018.
  • Session Chair of Materials and 3D Printing for Biology and Medicine, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, November 3-9, Tampa, FL, 2017.
  • Symposium Chair of IX-C: 3D Bioprinting and Advanced Bioinks, the 54th Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science, July 25-28, Boston, MA, 2017.
  • Symposium Chair of Multifunctional Biomaterial Design for Regenerative Tissue Engineering, Society For Biomaterials Annual Meeting, April 5-8, Minneapolis, MN, 2017.
  • Symposium Chair of C-12: 3D printing implantable constructs for biomedical applications, the 53rd Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science, October 2-5 , College Park, Maryland, 2016.
  • Session Chair of Creating Structured Microenvironments for Regulating Stem Cell Differentiation,  American Association Anatomists (AAA) Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology (EB), April 2-5, San Diego CA, 2016.
  • Session Chair of Clinical Applications of Bioengineering II, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, November 13-19, Houston, TX, 2015.
  • Session Chair of General Biomedical and Biotechnology Applications I, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, November 13-19, Houston, TX, 2015.
  • Session Chair of General Biomedical and Biotechnology Applications II, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, November 13-19, Houston, TX, 2015.
  • Topic Organizer of General Biomedical and Biotechnology Applications ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, November 13-19, Houston, TX, 2015
  • Symposium Chair of TS-13: Nanobiomaterials and 3D Nano/microfabrication Techniques for Biomedical Application, IEEE-NANOMED conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, November 15-18, 2015
  • Symposium Chair of Skin and Wound Healing and Inflammation, 2014 TERMIS-AM Annual Conference and Exposition, Washington, DC, December 14-16, 2014.
  • Symposium Chair of Clinic Application of Bioengineering: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Methods, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, November 14-20, Montreal, Canada, 2014.
  • Symposium Chair of Clinic Application of Bioengineering: Biomechanics, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, November 14-20, Montreal, Canada, 2014.
  • Topic Co-Organizer of PhD Student Paper Competition, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, November 14-20, Montreal, Canada, 2014.
  • Symposium Chair of Nano to Micro Technologies—Diagnostics session, 2014 BMES Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, October 22-25, 2014.
  • Poster Session Chair of Tissue Engineering—Scaffolds and Surfaces for Tissue Engineering session, 2014 BMES Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, October 22-25, 2014.
  • Poster Session Chair of Mechanobiology, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Musculoskeletal Pain session, 2014 BMES Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, October 22-25, 2014.
  • Symposium Chair of Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications, the 51st Society of Engineering Science (SES) Annual Technical Meeting, West Lafayette, IN, Oct 1-3, 2014.
  • Symposium Chair of Vibration and Acoustics in Biomedical Applications, 2013 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, San Diego, CA, Nov 15-21, 2013.
  • Symposium Chair of Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering, 2013 BMES Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, September 25-28, 2013.
  • Symposium Chair of Musculoskeletal and Orthopedic Tissue Engineering, 2012 BMES Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, October 24-27, 2012.
  • Symposium Chair of Host Response to Biomaterials, 2011 BMES Annual Meeting, Hartford, October 12-15, 2011.
  • Symposium Chair and symposium proceeding volume editor, Symposium 21: Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications, the XIX International Materials Research Congress, Cancun, Mexico, August 15-20, 2010.