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Dr. Hao Cheng

Assistant Professor

Office: LeBow 332B

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  • Ph.D.  Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 2005
  • M.S.  Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2001
  • B.E.  Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, 1999

Professional History

  • Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering and David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007-2012
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Medicine, ENH Institute, Northwestern University, 2006-2007

Research Interests

Our laboratory works at the interface of materials science and medicine, spanning fundamental studies to translational research. We use engineering techniques to investigate nanomaterial-cell interactions and develop new biomaterials for the therapy of inflammation-related diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Selected Publications

  1. Cheng, H., Hill, P.S., Siegwart, D.J., Vacanti, N., Lytton-Jean, A.K.R., Cho, S-W., Ye, A., Langer, R., Anderson, D.G. “A novel family of biodegradable poly(ester amide) elastomers.” Advanced Materials 23, H95 (2011).
  2. Cheng, H., Kastrup, C.J., Ramanathan, R., Siegwart, D.J., Ma, M.L., Bogatyrev, S.R., Xu, Q.B., Whitehead, K.A., Langer, R., Anderson, D.G. “Nanoparticulate cellular patches for cell-mediated tumoritropic delivery.” ACS Nano 4, 625 (2010).
  3. Standley, S.M., Toft, D.J., Cheng, H., Soukasene, S., Chen, J., Raja, S.M., Band, V., Band, H., Cryns, V.L., Stupp, S.I. “Self-assembling nanostructures incorporating a cytotoxic peptide induce cancer cell death.”  Cancer Research 70, 3020 (2010).
  4. Cheng, H., de la Cruz, M.O. “Charged surface induced diblock copolymer micellization.” Macromolecules 39, 1961 (2006).
  5. Cheng, H., Zhang, K., Libera, J. A., Bedzyk, M.J., de la Cruz, M.O. “Polynucleotide adsorption onto anionic surfaces in divalent salt solutions.” Biophysical Journal 90, 1164 (2006).
  6. Cheng, H., de la Cruz, M.O. “Adsorption of rod-like polyelectrolytes onto weakly charged surfaces.” Journal of Chemical Physics 119, 12635 (2003).
  7. Cheng, H., Tuo, X.L., Wang, G.J., Wang, X.G. “A novel polyelectrolyte with branched azo side chains: synthesis, characterization and self-assembled nano-structures.” Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 202, 3530 (2001).

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