Honggang Cui

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Delaware (’07)

Research Interests

  • Soft Matter Nanomaterials
  • Nano-Bio Interfacial Engineering
  • Cell Targeting for Biomedical Applications

Dr. Cui was a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University in 2010 before joining the faculty here at JHU. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in Materials Science and Engineering in 2007, his M.S. from Tsinghua University in 2002, and his B.S. from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology in 1999.

His group’s research involves the manipulation of molecules by any means to produce functional  nanomaterials for biomedical applications. The focus of our research at this stage is to understand the personality of different types of molecules  so that we can combine them to achieve desired functions that do not necessarily, or directly, relate to the chemical structure of the individual molecules. Their goal is to use this knowledge to construct functional soft nanomaterials that can specifically interact with cells of interest. To this end, they work on the design, fabrication, characterization, and biomedical applications of nanomaterials of soft matter, with emphasis on rational engineering of the nano-bio interface. His group is particularly interested in developing polymeric, peptidic and drug-based nanomaterials that offer specific chemical, physical and mechanical signals to targeted cells.

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