Wei He

Associate Professor - Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering Department & Materials Science and Engineering Department

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Dr. He received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a minor in Engineering Economics from Tianjin University (China) in 1998. She then came to study in University of Connecticut and earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2003. Her dissertation research included biomaterials synthesis, surface modification, and cell-material interactions. Dr. He continued her interests in the biomedical field by conducting her postdoctoral research in the Laboratory for Neuroengineering in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research project focused on developing bioactive coatings to improve tissue reaction against implantable neural electrodes. In fall of 2006, she joined the Department of Bioengineering at University of Washington as a senior fellow to develop novel biodegradable elastomeric materials for soft tissue engineering. In 2007, Dr. He was appointed as a tenure-track assistant professor with a joint appointment between Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical, Aerospace & Biomedical Engineering at The University of Tennessee. Dr. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2013. Her current interests are biomaterials for drug delivery and tissue engineering, and surface engineering for bio-interfacing. Dr. He has authored or co-authored over 30 scientific journal papers, four book chapters, and has contributed to over 60 technical presentations at national/international conferences and academic institutions. She is also the recipient of a 2011 National Science Foundation Early Faculty Career Award.

Focus Areas: Therapeutic Biomaterials | Bioactive Surfaces | Surface Modification | Neural Interfacing

Skills and Expertise: Materials Synthesis and Characterization | Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Selected Publications:

Facile Aqueous-Phase Synthesis of Multi-Responsive Nanogels Based on Polyetheramines and Bisepoxide
S. Tang, Z. Shi, Y. Cao, W. He, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, vol. 1(11), pp. 1628-1634, 2013.
Water-Soluble Antioxidant Derivative Poly(triethylene Glycol Methyl Acrylate-co-α-tocopheryl Acrylate) as a Potential Prodrug to Enable Localized Neuroprotection
Y. Cao and W. He, Acta Biomaterialia, vol. 9(1), pp. 4558-68, 2013.
Functionalized Biocompatible Poly( N -vinyl-2- caprolactam) With pH-Dependent Lower Critical Solution Temperature Behaviors
Y. Cao and W. He, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, vol. 212, pp. 2503-2510, 2011.
In Vitro Assessment of Macrophage Attachment and Phenotype on Polymerized Phospholipid Bilayers
J. Page, B.A. Heitz, J.R. Joubert, J.P. Keogh, T. Sparer, S.S. Saavedra, and W. He, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, vol. 97(2), pp. 212-217, 2011.
Responses of Bone-forming Cells on Pre-immersed Zr-based Bulk Metallic Glasses: Effects of Composition and Roughness
L. Huang, Z. Cao, H.M. Meyer III, P.K. Liaw, E. Garlea, J.R. Dunlap, T. Zhang, W. He, Acta Biomaterialia, vol. 7(1), pp. 395-405, 2011.
Synthesis and Characterization of Glucocorticoid Functionalized Poly(N-vinyl pyrrolidone): A Versatile Prodrug for Neural Interface
Y. Cao and W. He, Biomacromolecules, vol. 11(5), pp. 1298-1307, 2010.
Simple Agarose−Chitosan Gel Composite System for Enhanced Neuronal Growth in Three Dimensions
Z. Cao, R.J. Gilbert, and W. He, Biomacromolecules, vol. 10(10), pp. 2954-2959, 2009.
A Novel Anti-inflammatory Surface for Neural Electrodes
W. He, G.C. McConnell, T.M. Schneider, R.V. Bellamkonda, Advanced Materials, vol. 19(21), pp. 3529-3533, 2007.
Nanoscale Neuro-Integrative Coatings for Neural Implants
W. He and R.V. Bellamkonda, Biomaterials, vol. 26(16), pp. 2983-2990, 2005.
Lithography Application of a Novel Photoresist for Patterning of Cells
W. He, C.R. Halberstadt, and K.E. Gonsalves, Biomaterials, vol. 25(11), pp. 2055-2063, 2004.