Published on Tuesday February 14, 2012
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is pleased
to welcome Dr. Hao Cheng as Assistant Professor, effective
September 1, 2012.
Currently a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of
Professor Robert Langer at the David H. Koch Institute for
Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, Dr. Cheng researches the
development of biomaterials to repair peripheral nerve defects and
engineering cell membranes for a broad range of biomedical
applications. Prior to joining MIT, he conducted postdoctoral work
with Professor Hamid Band in the Department of Medicine at
Northwestern University, investigating drug delivery for cancer
therapy and fundamental cancer biology.
Dr. Cheng received his B.S. and M.S. from Tsinghua University
and his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from
Northwestern University. His Ph.D. research was conducted
under the supervision of Professor Monica Olvera de la Cruz and
concerned the theoretical modeling of polyelectrolyte self-assembly
and adsorption on charged surfaces.
At Drexel University, Dr. Cheng's group, the Nanobiomaterials
and Cell Engineering Laboratory, will work at the interface of
materials science and medicine, investigating nanomaterial-cell
interactions and developing new biomaterials for medical