Dr. Ke Cheng is a Randall B. Terry, Jr. Distinguished Professor in Regenerative Medicine in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at NC State University and in the UNC/NCSU joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. He is an adjunct professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He also serves as the co-director of the functional tissue engineering program at the Comparative Medicine Institute. Dr. Cheng’s formal education began with a B.S. degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering from Zhejiang University, followed by a Ph.D. degree in Biological Engineering from University of Georgia and post-graduate training and junior faculty experiences at UCLA School of Medicine and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Cheng’s research has been published in journals like Lancet, Nature BME, Nature Comms, Science Advances, J of Clinical Investigation, Circulation, Circulation Research, Biomaterials and others. His work has been directly translated into two successful Investigational New Drug (IND) applications and licensed to several biotech companies. Dr. Cheng is Associate Editor of J Cell Mol Med and editorial board member of Circulation Research. He is a Fellow of AIBME and AHA. He is also a chartered member of the NIH BMBI Study Section (2019-2023).
Assistant Research Professor
Uyen is a junior faculty in the Cheng Lab. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Biology (focused in Genetics), with minors in Chemistry and Studio Arts. Her undergraduate research thesis “Genetics of Speciation in Drosophila Ananassae from Southeast Asia and the South Pacific Islands,” was completed under the guidance of Dr. Malcolm Schug. Before returning to school to pursue her Ph.D. degree, she worked for about two years for Eton Bioscience, a DNA sequencing company in the RTP area. She did postdoctoral research training with Dr. Ke Cheng. Her current research focuses on developing a therapeutic to treatment pulmonary fibrosis. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with Sterling, her Husky puppy, traveling, and working out.
Shiqi received her Ph.D. degree from the College of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Zhejiang University, China in 2017. She has lots of experience on anticancer drug delivery systems and tumor microenvironment, including polymer synthesis, nanoparticle preparation and establishment of cancer models.
Dashuai received his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Nankai University, China and then became a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at NC State University. His research focuses on myocardial repair and regeneration after ischemic insults by using biomedical engineering techniques. Dashuai has lots of animal handling experience, including surgery, medication/treatment, as well as histological processing and pathological evaluation. In his free time, he enjoys movies and swimming.
Xuan received his Ph.D. degree from the College of Chemistry at Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China in 2019. His research focuses on the development of functionalized 2D nanomaterials for biomedical applications, including drug delivery, cellular imaging and cancer diagnostics. Xuan has lots of experience on the synthesis of nanomaterials as well as conducting basic surgeries and related analyses for small animals. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing basketball and Switch.
Mengrui received her Ph.D. degree from the College of Pharmacy at Shandong University, China in 2019. Her research focuses on the design and application of nano-scale drug delivery systems for cancer therapy. She was also trained the modulation of tumor microenvironment in Dr. Leaf Huang’s Lab at UNC. Mengrui has lots of experience in the synthesis of multifunctional nanomaterials, nanoparticle preparation and mice model establishment. Outside lab, she enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling with her family and friends.
Zhenzhen received her Ph.D. degree from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Jilin, China, in 2018. After a postdoctoral training at NIEHS for almost two years, she joined Dr. Cheng’s lab to continue her postdoctoral career at 2020. Her research mainly focuses on engineering functional biomaterials for cancer therapy and regulating cellular signal pathway. Zhenzhen has lots of experience on the synthesis of functional biomaterials and mice model establishment. Outside lab, she enjoys hiking, playing tennis and watching movies.
Weiwei received her Ph.D. degree in Engineering Mechanics, from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Virginia Tech. She has a diverse and interdisciplinary research background, including micro/nano materials and interfaces, hierarchical structures, fluid dynamics and mechanics. In Cheng Lab, she works on the microfluidic devices, gecko-inspired adhesives, filtration of masks and particles deposition at nasal passage. In her leisure time, she enjoys hiking and traveling.
Kristen is a Ph.D. student in the Comparative Biomedical Sciences program at NC State University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research focuses on the use of pulmonary stem cells for the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her cat, Oliver.
Junlang received his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from Nankai University in 2019 and is currently a Ph.D. student in the Joint Biomedical Engineering Program at UNC-Chapel Hill & NC State University. His undergraduate research focused on tissue-engineered vascular graft (TEVG) in Dr. Deling Kong’s lab and he conducted his thesis, “Bisphosphonates’ Effect on Development of TEVGs” under the guidance of Dr. Christopher Breuer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Currently, his research focuses on therapeutic strategies and mechanism discovery for mesenchymal stem cell-based cardiac regeneration. Outside of the lab, he likes playing the guitar, watching soccer match and college sports.
Halle received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with minors in Chemistry and Chinese. Her undergraduate research thesis, “Cell-Mediated Drug Delivery as a Treatment to Inhibit Restenosis,” led her to join Dr. Cheng’s lab. She is now in the combined DVM/PhD program at NC State University. Her research currently focuses on the treatment of heart and lung diseases using stem cells. Outside of the lab, Halle enjoys reading, hiking, and playing with her dog, Yeti.
Asma received her Master’s degree in Cell and Developmental Biology from Royan Institute. She is currently a PhD student in the Comparative Biomedical Sciences program. Her Master’s research focused on Natural Killer Cell expansion for the purpose of Cancer immunotherapy. She has now joined Dr. Cheng’s lab to work on cell derivatives for lung regenerative medicine. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and watching movies.
Xiao is a Ph.D. student in the Joint Biomedical Engineering Program at UNC-Chapel Hill & NC State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Materials Physics from Nanjing University in 2018, and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University in 2020. His research is now focusing on cancer metastasis mechanisms. Outside the lab, he enjoys spending time with his family and working out.
Blanca López de Juan Abad
Blanca received her Master’s degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences from the College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her thesis, “Evaluation of Factors That Influence Dose Variability of Marek’s Disease Vaccines” under the guidance of Dr. Isabel Gimeno. In lab, she supports various research projects including the use of stem cell therapy for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis as well as studying treatment of other pulmonary diseases using stem cell derivatives. Outside of the lab, she enjoys reading and spending time with her friends, family, and her cat, Ayla.
Arianna received a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from North Carolina State University with a minor in Art + Design. She is currently spending her gap year working under the guidance of Dr. Uyen Dinh and Kristen Popowski to research the use of pulmonary stem cells for the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis. Outside of the lab, she enjoys spending time outdoors, working out, and watching Netflix.
Cheng Lab Alumni with current position
– Adam Vandergriff: Research Scientist *** – Eric Henry: Process Scientist, BioMedomics Inc. *** -Tyler Allen: Postdoc Scientist, Duke University Medical School *** -James De Andrade: Professor, Técnica Cirúrgica Veterinária; Semiologia de Pequenos Animais – ICA – UFVJM *** -Jinying Zhang: Professor and Deputy Director, Cardiovascular Medicine, Zhengzhou University 1st Affiliated Hospital *** -Deliang Shen: Associate Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, Zhengzhou University 1st Affiliated Hospital *** -Junnan Tang: Attending Physician, Cardiovascular Medicine, Zhengzhou University 1st Affiliated Hospital *** -Li Qiao: Attending Physician, Cardiovascular Medicine, Hebei University 2nd Affiliated Hospital *** – Yongjun Li: Professor and Director, Cardiovascular Medicine, Hebei University 2nd Affiliated Hospital *** – Feiran Liu: Resident, Beijing Hospital *** – Ke Huang: Postdoc, Duke University *** – Teng Su: Duke University *** – Wei Liu: Associate Professor, Dalian University of Technology *** -Chi Zhang: Attending Doctor, Sixth Hospital of Shanghai *** -Zhenhua Li: Associate Professor, Hebei University *** -Xianyun Wang: Associate researcher, First Hospital of Hebei Medical University*** -Mengjie Xie: PhD student, Beijing Hospital*** -Guojun Yang: Ph.D/M.D student, Peking Union Medical College*** -Sichen Zhang: Attending Doctor, Beijing Hospital*** -Jhon Cores: Associate Medical Writer, PSI CRO AG***