Material Science & Engineering
206 DuPont Hall
Newark, DE 19716
BS., Fudan University, China, 1995
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2002
Post-Doc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
Our research lies at the interface of Materials and Biology. We are interested in developing intelligent biomaterials that closely mimic the molecular composition, biological functions, mechanical responsiveness and nanoscale organizations of the natural extracellular matrices. These novel biomaterials, combined with defined mechanical cues and biological factors, create a three dimensional microenvironment for improved understanding of cell biology.
Taking advantages of well-defined polymer chemistry and supramolecular assembly, we are engineering intelligent nanoparticles for the targeted delivery and controlled release of cancer therapeutics for the treatment of childhood leukemina and prostate cancer.
Combining cell biology and engineering principles, we are actively developing methodologies for the regeneration of functional tissues including cartilage, vocal folds and salivary gland.
Students and postdocs in the Jia Group not only develop creative and critical thinking skills but also gain knowledge and experience in materials design, synthesis and characterization; cell and molecular biology as well as tissue engineering and drug delivery principles.