Shelly (Shujie) Hou Successfully Defended Her Dissertation

Shelly defended her dissertation on May 28, 2019. Her dissertation title was “Injectable macroporous hydrogels for wound healing and tissue engineering.” She started research in our lab as a senior in the Summer 2014 (through the UNH’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship). After graduation, she started her graduate study from the Fall 2015.


In addition, Seth passed the written portion of the PhD qualifying exams. The group gathered in Portsmouth for lunch and celebrated all the good things that have happened recently.

Dessert at Annabelle’s Ice Cream in Portsmouth.

Dessert at Annabelle’s Ice Cream in Portsmouth.

Ryann and Rachel Win the Best Poster Presentation Award at URC 2019

Ryann (Sophomore, Bioengineering) and Rachel (Junior, MCBS) presented their recent research progress at the 2019 Undergraduate Research Conference at UNH. Their research topic was injectable gelatin-silk hydrogels for tissue engineering. Among the 12 posters in the Chemical Engineering Division, Ryann and Rachel did an excellent job in their presentations and won the best presentation award, continuing the tradition of research excellence by the undergraduate students in our lab. Last year, Rachel Lake (Senior, Chemical Engineering) won the best presentation award. Congratulations!

Shelly, Ryann, Rachel and Seth

Shelly, Ryann, Rachel and Seth

Ryann and Jason to receive Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Ryann (Sophomore, Bioengineering) and Jason (Junior, Bioengineering) both received the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship through the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research at UNH. This prestigious fellowship provides stipends for the undergraduate research assistants over a 10-week period during the summer. Ryann will work on injectable gelatin-silk hydrogels for tissue engineering, and Jason will work on decellularized extracellular matrix (ECM) for tissue engineering.

Ryann and Connor to receive REAP fellowship

Ryann and Connor, both freshmen in Bioengineering, applied for the 2018 Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) from the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, and both applications were accepted! This prestigious fellowship will allow them to stay on campus over the summer to learn and do research in our lab. Ryann will work on a project to make a new artificial cornea, and Connor will work on making injectable microporous hydrogels. Congratulations to both!

Rachel wins the first place at 2018 Undergraduate Research Conference

Rachel, Caroline and Chante presented their research posters at the 2018 UNH's Undergraduate Research Conference (URC). Rachel won the first place, and Caroline's presentation advanced to the second round judging (or final four out of 16 posters). Chante worked on the same project as Caroline and presented with her during the open house. Congratulations to all for their hard work! This is the 4th time our group members won a distinction at the URC.

2015 - Shelly and Alison (Honorable Mention)

2016 - Thanh (First Place), Alison (Honorable Mention)

2017 - None participated

2018 - Rachel (First Place)

*Honorable mention = 2nd place

*Picture Source: UNH CEPS Twitter (@UNH_CEPS)

A new NIH fund granted to Jeong lab

National Eye Institute (NEI) of National Institute of Health (NIH) has recently awarded an R21 grant to our lab. The title of this two-year project is "Contact lens for corneal melting" and Professor Jeong is the principal investigator. This project is a collaborative effort with a group in the Department of Chemistry at University of Colorado at Denver, and a group at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School. More details of the project will be provided on this website.

Dr. Shiwha Park joins the group as postdoc

Dr. Shiwha Park, a recent PhD from the Department of Molecular and Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (MCBS) at University of New Hampshire, joined our group as postdoc starting from January 1, 2018. Her reseasrch expertise is in protein-protein interactions using ultracentrifugation, and she will work on the the NIH-funded project of the roles of macrophages on the tissue-material integration. 

UNH Receives NIH Grant to Advance Its Biomedical Research to the Bedside

UNH was recently awarded $10 million through the NIH's Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant. We are pleased that our lab is part of this prestigious center. Below is a news article published in UNH News.


Monday, September 25, 2017



DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire has been awarded a five-year, $10 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant to accelerate the translation of its basic biomedical and bioengineering research into clinical and commercialization opportunities leading to improved diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

“We recognize that addressing the pressing health issues facing our nation will require us to ensure research is not taking place in silos,” said Jan Nisbet, senior vice provost for research. “Historically, a lot of the biomedical research at UNH was done by individuals with individual grants. This grant, a first for UNH, will allow us to establish this new cross-college Center of Integrated Biomedical and Bioengineering Research that brings our faculty and students together to advance clinical research, commercial opportunities and translational medicine.”

The grant will also allow UNH to purchase state-of-the-art instrumentation to enhance core biomedical research facilities and better support its early-career faculty through mentoring and career development. Initially it will fund five junior faculty members with the expectation that new junior faculty will join the center when these researchers receive independent NIH funding and “graduate.” In addition, the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) funding is available for renewal over two additional five-year periods.

“This is the culmination of decades of work and a reflection of UNH’s commitment to interdisciplinary research and teaching,” said Rick Cote, chair of the department of molecular, cellular and biomedical sciences and principal investigator for the award. “The university has made strategic investments in its biomedical and bioengineering faculty as well as its infrastructure and this grant allows us to increase the capacity of researchers to develop clinically relevant tools and treatments.”

W. Kelley Thomas, Hubbard Professor of Genomics and a member of the COBRE leadership team, noted that the faculty mentoring plan will help basic biomedical researchers discover the clinical relevance of their work. “It is important for all of us to see the research move outside the isolation of a lab and right to the bedside.”

For example, Jeffrey Halpern, assistant professor of chemical engineering, will continue his research into diagnostic sensors that could be used in a doctor’s office to immediately adjust medications. Kyung Jae Jeong, assistant professor chemical engineering, will conduct tissue engineering research that could one day lead to bone regeneration; and Xuanmao Chen, assistant professor of neurobiology, will explore how defects at the cellular level could contribute to depression, obesity and brain aging. 

UNH joins Dartmouth in having NIH-sponsored COBREs. The UNH COBRE will unify biomedical and bioengineering faculty from many departments in the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and the College of Health and Human Services.

The University of New Hampshire is a flagship research university that inspires innovation and transforms lives in our state, nation and world. More than 16,000 students from all 50 states and 71 countries engage with an award-winning faculty in top ranked programs in business, engineering, law, liberal arts and the sciences across more than 200 programs of study. UNH’s research portfolio includes partnerships with NASA, NOAA, NSF and NIH, receiving more than $100 million in competitive external funding every year to further explore and define the frontiers of land, sea and space. 

Postdoc Position Open

Postdoctoral Researcher Position

 The Laboratory of Advanced Biomaterials in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research fellow. Our laboratory is a core member of the newly established and NIH-funded Center of Integrated Biomedical and Bioengineering Research (CIBBR) at UNH.

Recent PhD's with expertise in tissue engineering, stem cell biology and animal surgery with proven publication records and excellent written/oral communication skills are preferred. This position may be renewed on an annual basis, for up to an additional two years. The selected individual will work on an exciting project on tissue engineering and immunomodulation. As part of CIBBR, there will be opportunities to collaborate with other research groups within the center and external collaborators at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Interested candidates should submit an application as a single PDF file, containing the following:

  1.  A 1-page cover letter detailing research interests
  2.  Most recent curriculum vitae
  3.  Names and contact information (title, phone number, and email) of at least three references.

The application should be submitted via email at

Review of applications including interviews (both online and on-site) will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. International applicants must apply for the appropriate visa and gain authorization to work in the US.

UNH is an AA/EEO Employer. UNH is committed to excellence through the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages women and minorities to apply.

Vinjai wins the third place at the NHSEE 2017

Vinjai Vale, a junior from Philips Exeter Academy, who has done research in our lab since last summer, participated in the Science Fair hosted by New Hampshire Science and Engineering Expo (NHSEE) last week. He won the FIRST place from the Biochemistry Division, and the THIRD place in the overall fair. The title of his poster was "Engineering Surface Chemistries to Improve Tissue-Material Integration in Medical Implants". 

We are very glad that his hard work even during the Christmas break paid off with this major distinction. The good news is he gets to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles in May. We wish him all the best and fully support his preparation.

Vinjai was also accepted to the summer research program by Research Science Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is a highly competitive program.

Year-End Celebration

The group celebrated our successful fall semester at Kyung Jae's house with 'authentic' Korean food. The main dishes were Bulgogi, Galbi, Yukgaejang. and Bindaedduk. Food was good and abundant, and we all had a blast with 'nerdy' engineers' jokes.

Many great things happened over the fall semester. Thanh presented his research at BMES in Minneapolis, and Shelly, Alison and Salimah went to AIChE and shared their research. Rachel and Alex newly joined our group. Soon, we will have several publications.

Merry Christmas and happy new year! And see you all in Spring 2017.


Korean BBQ Night

On July 22, 2016, the group members gathered at Kyung Jae' house for Korean BBQ to celebrate our hard work during the summer. The food was good and we all had fun. We concluded the dinner with an extra-spicy Korean noodle (불닭볶음면) as 'dessert'. Most of us handled it with ease. Maybe next time, we will try something more challenging. 

We have a couple more weeks to the end of the summer semester. Let's finish strong! Good job everyone!


Summer Research Begins in the LAB

Today was the first day of the summer research in our lab. Ben (Freshman in UNH Bioengineering) and Lara (Freshman in UVM Biomedical Engieering) got off to a great start with their first experiments. We also worked on a lab cleanup which was way overdue. Salimah (Sophomore in UNH Bioenginneering) will join us starting from next week through McNair Scholarship. Shelly is busy with her PhD qualifying exam this week, but we will have her back from next week. Two talented high school students, Vinjai (Philips Exeter Academy) and Roopa (Oyster River High), will join us from Mid-June and work on exciting projects. I got a feeling that it will be a great summer for all of us!

Thanh Attends and Presents His Research at ARVO

Thanh Dinh, junior in UNH Chemical Engineering, attended the annual meeting of Association for Research of Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Seattle, WA, and presented his research entitled, "A gelatin-based adhesive combined with polydopamine coating to enhance biointegration of Boston KPro". ARVO is a prestigious medical (ophthalmology) conference, and it is a real rarity that an undergraduate student presents a research poster there.

Thanh and Alison Win the 1st and 2nd Places at URC Poster Presentation

Thanh and Alison presented their research posters at 2016 UNH's Annual Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) yesterday.

Thanh won the Best Poster Award, and Alison won the Honorable Mention which is given to the 2nd place. These distinctions represent the hard work and excellence in research all the group members have displayed throughout the year. Kudos to everyone! (More pics in Gallery)

April 4, 2016

Salimah Hussien, sophomore in Bioengineering, applied for the McNair scholarship in March, and her application was accepted today. What is even better is the research proposal she submitted was accepted without revision! After several internal revisions, she was able to prepare an excellent research proposal. This is the second time the student in our lab achieved this feat. The first one was Thanh Dinh last year. Salimah will be working on the light-triggered differentiation of neural stem cells during the summer. Congratulations!