Materials Frontier No.156
Title: Engineering Biomaterials and Interfaces for Controlling Cellular Functions
Speaker: Huinan Liu, Ph.D,Department of Bioengineering, the Interdisciplinary Materials Science and Engineering Program, and the Stem Cell Center, University of California at Riverside
Inviter: Prof Guangyin YUAN
Dr. Huinan Liu currently is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, the interdisciplinary Materials Science and Engineering Program, and theStemCellCenterat theUniversityofCaliforniaat Riverside (UCR). She received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University in 2008 and her M.S. and B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Purdue University and the University of Science and Technology in Beijing. Prior to joining UCR, she worked in a start-up company to translate nanomaterials to clinically viable products. Her current research involves design, fabrication, and evaluation of novel biodegradable materials for guided tissue regeneration, controlled drug delivery, and medical devices. Of particular interest is to understand cell and tissue interactions with material microstructure, processing, and properties toward better performance in human body. She has provided 46 peer-reviewed journal articles, 30 conference proceeding papers, 3 books, 9 invited book chapters, 40 invited talks, and 111 conference presentations and abstracts. She is the recipient of the following awards: 2013 Materials Science and Engineering C Young Researcher Award, 2012 American Heart Association National Scientist Development Award, 2012 Hellman Faculty Fellowship, 2012 University of California Regents Faculty Fellowship, 2011 NSF BRIGE Award, 2011 International Journal of Nanomedicine Merit Award, 2009 Acta Award for her paper published in Acta Biomaterialia, 2008 ACerS GEMS award, 2008 Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award, and 2008 Sigma Xi Outstanding Graduate Research Award for contributions to future science and technology. Dr. Liu served as a symposium organizer for Materials Research Society (MRS) Annual Meetings and World Biomaterials Congress (WBC), and session chair for American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meetings, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Annual Meeting, and Society for Biomaterials (SFB) Annual Meetings. Website: http://www.engr.ucr.edu/faculty/bio/liu.html
In today’s medical world, biomaterials are used for everything from coronary stents to orthopedic implants and devices. Current medical implants and devices are mostly made out of titanium alloys or stainless steel – permanent materials that potentially increase patients’ risk in infection and chronic pain, and often require secondary surgeries for removal. To address the critical needs for better biomedical materials, we are interested in developing new biodegradable metals, ceramics, polymers, and their composites, and studying their properties for future medical implants and regenerative medicine applications. This presentation will particularly focus on magnesium-based biodegradable, bioresorbable, and biocompatible medical alloys and bioactive nanostructured interfaces for tissue integration.