Dingchang Lin is an incoming assistant professor (starting July 2022) of materials science and engineering and is admitting PhD students for the coming Fall 2022 semester. His research group develops materials and tools for probing and modulation in biological systems, especially the central nervous system. These tools can enable new capabilities in fundamental research or provide translatable solutions for clinical applications.

His current research seeks to fill several major technological gaps in neurotechnology by novel materials design and materials synthesis. Specifically, he is interested in developing materials and devices that can seamlessly interface with the living systems, adapt and respond to internal physiological changes and external physical stimuli, and thus enable cell targeting with (sub)cellular-level resolution, multiplexity, and cell-type specificity.

Lin received his bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from Tsinghua University in China in 2013, and completed his PhD in materials science and engineering at Stanford University in 2018. Currently, he is completing his postdoctoral training in chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University. Lin is a member of Materials Research Society, Biomedical Engineering Society, and Society for Neuroscience, and has received several awards including the Harvard Brain Institute Young Scientist Transitions Award, MRS Graduate Student Award, and Ross N. Tucker Memorial Award.