Principle Investigator

Weiqiang Chen

Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
New York University

RH517H, 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201                                                                       
Email: wchen AT nyu.edu
Phone: +1(646)997-3767

Dr. Weiqiang Chen is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. He received his B.S. in Physics from Nanjing University in 2005, M.S. degrees from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2008 and Purdue University in 2009, both in Electrical Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2014. Dr. Chen’s research interests focus on Lab-on-a-Chip, Organ-on-a-Chip, cancer technology, biosensing technology, biomaterials, cell mechanobiology, stem cell biology, and immune engineering.

Selected Awards
Healthy Longevity Award, New York Academy of Sciences and Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (2021)
Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (2021)
Biomedical Engineering Society cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Rising Star Award (2021)
New York Academy of Sciences Interstellar Initiative Early Career Investigator Award (2020)
Best Paper Award, The 10th Annual Meeting of Asian Cellular Therapy Organization, Sapporo, Japan (2019)
Biomedical Engineering Society cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Young Innovator Award (2019)
Chroma Young Investigator Award in Biomedical Engineering (2019)
NIGMS Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (NIH Outstanding Investigator Award) (2019)
Lab on a Chip Emerging Investigator Award (2018)
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Trailblazer Award (2018)
NYU Whitehead Fellowship in Biomedical and Biological Sciences (2017)
NYU Goddard Junior Faculty Award (2017)
American Heart Association Scientist Development Award (2016)
ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award (2014)
University of Michigan Richard F. & Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Outstanding PhD Research (2013)
American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship (2013)
Baxter Young Investigator Award for distinguished research in critical care therapies and medical products (2013)
Outstanding Paper Award, The 2nd ASME Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology, Boston, MA (2013)
Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society Young Researcher Award (2011)

Postdoctoral Fellows

Chao Ma

Cancer Research Institute Irvington Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. in Animal Biotechnology, Northwest A&F University, China, 2013-2017
B.S. in Biotechnology, Northwest A&F University, China, 2009-2013

RH621, 6 MetroTech Center
Email: cm4833 AT nyu.edu
Phone: (646)997-3775

Chao's current research focuses on bioengineering Organ-on-a-Chip systems for Leukemia bone marrow microenvironment modeling.

Jie Tong

Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, 2012-2017
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, 2010-2011
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, the Fourth Military Medical University, China, 2005-2010

RH619, 6 MetroTech Center
Email: tj114 AT nyu.edu
Phone: (646)997-3508

Jie's current research focuses on cell mechanobiology.

Rui Li

Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2015-2019
B.S. in Veterinary Medicine (public health), Jilin University, China, 2010-2015

RH621, 6 MetroTech Center
Email: cm4833 AT nyu.edu
Phone: (646)997-3775

Rui's current research focuses on immune and cancer cell mechanobiolgy.

Graduate Students

Zhuoyu Zhang

PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering
B.S. in Physics, Nankai University, 2015-2019

RH621, 6 MetroTech Center
Email: zz3009 AT nyu.edu

Zhuoyu's current research focuses on microlfuidic optical biosensing for cancer immunotherapy study.

Lunan Liu

PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2017-2020
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University, China, 2013-2017

RH621, 6 MetroTech Center
Email: ll4255 AT nyu.edu

Lunan's current research focuses on Cancer-on-a-Chip for tumor microenvironment and immunotherapy modeling.

Benteng Ma

PhD student, Biomedical Engineering
M.S. in Biotechnology, New York University, 2019-2021
B.S. in Biotechnology, Wuhan University, China, 2015-2019

RH621, 6 MetroTech Center
Email: bm2857 AT nyu.edu
Phone: (646)997-3775

Benteng's current research focuses on Organ-on-a-Chip systems for disease modeling.

Ngoc Kate Luu

PhD student, Biomedical Engineering
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2017-2021

RH619, 6 MetroTech Center
Email: nl2346 AT nyu.edu
Phone: (646)997-3508

Kate's current research focuses on vascular cell mechanobiology.

Huishu Wang

PhD student, Mechanical Engineering
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University Of Bristol, 2017-2021

RH621, 6 MetroTech Center
Email: hw2804 AT nyu.edu
Phone: (646)997-3775

Huishu's current research focuses on microengineered systems for disease modeling.

Walida Ali

Master student
Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship, New York Univeristy

RH619, 6 MetroTech Center
Email: wa536 AT nyu.edu
Phone: (646)997-3775

Walida's current research focuses on T cell mechanobiology.

Jimmy Chang

Master student
Biomedical Engineering, New York Univeristy

RH619, 6 MetroTech Center
Email: jc10739 AT nyu.edu
Phone: (646)997-3775

Jimmy's research focuses on T cell mechanobiology.

Undergraduate Students

Kristen He

Undergraduate Student
Biomolecular Science, New York Univeristy

RH621, 6 MetroTech Center
Email: xh1069 AT nyu.edu

Kristen's current research focuses on the development of microfluidics-based in vitro cancer microenvironment models.

Zhenxing Wu

Undergraduate Student
Biomolecular Science, New York Univeristy

RH621, 6 MetroTech Center
Email: zw1712 AT nyu.edu

Zhenxing's current research focuses on the development of microfluidics-based in vitro cancer microenvironment models.

Lina Park

Undergraduate Student
Biomolecular Science, New York Univeristy

RH619, 6 MetroTech Center
Email: sp5650 AT nyu.edu

Lina's current research focuses on microengineered systems for cell mechanobiology study.

Aarushi Varshney

Undergraduate Student
Biomolecular Science, New York Univeristy

RH619, 6 MetroTech Center
Email: av2533 AT nyu.edu

Aarushi's current research focuses on microengineered systems for cell mechanobiology study.

Kaity Pacsai

Undergraduate Student
Biomolecular Science, New York Univeristy

RH619, 6 MetroTech Center
Email: kcp345 AT nyu.edu

Kaity's current research focuses on microengineered systems for cell mechanobiology study.

Student Awards

Dr. Chao Ma, Tony B. Academic Award, SLAS International Conference and Exhibition, 2022
Dr. Chao Ma, Post-Doctoral Researcher Travel Award, BMES-Cell and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) Conference, 2022
Dr. Rui Li, Post-Doctoral Researcher Travel Award, BMES-Cell and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) Conference, 2022
Dr. Chao Ma, The Company of Biologists’ Disease Models & Mechanisms Conference Travel Grant, 2021
Dr. Chao Ma, Cancer Research Institute Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2021-2023
Huishu Wang, Future Leader PhD Fellowship, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 2021-2023
Benteng Ma, School of Engineering PhD Fellowship, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 2021-2022
Ngoc Luu, School of Engineering PhD Fellowship, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 2021-2022
Zhuoyu Zhang, Dean's PhD Fellowship, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 2020-2022
Dr. Chao Ma, Harry Peng, Finalist for NYU Tandon InnoVention Competition, 2020
BMES NYU Chapter, Outstanding Organizational Growth Award, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 2020
Yansong (Harry) Peng, Student Leaders Award, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 2020
Dr. Xin Cui, Best Abstract Award, Asian Cellular Therapy Organization Annual Meeting, 2019
Yansong (Harry) Peng, Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Excellence Award, NYU Tandon, 2019
Yansong (Harry) Peng, Dr. Morris Young Scholastic Award, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 2018
Apratim Bajpai, School of Engineering PhD Fellowship, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 2018-2020
Renee-Tyler Tan Morales, American Heart Association Undergraduate Student Summer Fellowship, 2018
Constantine Athanitis, Semifinalist for the Siemens Science Competition, 2016
Weiyi Qian, Best Mechanical Engineering PhD Qualifying Exam Performance Award, 2015

Alumni

Postdocs and Doctoral Students:
Linru Xu, Postdoctoral fellow (11/2018-05/2020; current position: Associate Professor, China Pharmaceutical University)
Weiyi Qian, PhD student, Mechanical Engineering, NYU (09/2014-12/2019; current position: Postdoctoral fellow, NYU Langone)
Xin Cui, Postdoctoral fellow (07/2016-12/2018; current position: Associate Professor, Jinan University)
Jingyi Zhu, Postdoctoral fellow (05/2017-10/2018; current position: Senior Scientist, EnerVenue)
Haoyu Wang, Postdoctoral fellow (06/2017-05/2018; current position: Lead Materials Scientist, Becton Dickinson)
Qianbin Wang, Postdoctoral fellow (01/2016-01/2017; current position: Research Assistant Professor, UMass Amherst)

Master Students:
Jiewen Luo, Biomedical Engineering (06/2021-08/2021)
Harry Peng, BS/MS Student, Biomedical Engineering (05/2018-05/2021, current position: PhD student, Cornell University)
Greg McDermott, Biomedical Engineering (11/2019-05/2021)
Tianyi Li, Biomedical Engineering (11/2019-05/2020)
Asher Varon, Biomedical Engineering (02/2020-05/2020)
Jacob Charles Harris, Biomedical Engineering (05/2018-05/2019)
Sheetal Sreeram, Biology (05/2018-05/2019; current position: PhD student, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine)
Ayoub Glia, visiting Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering, NYU Abu Dhabi (01/2018-05/2018)
Lanqi Gong, BS/MS Student, Biomolecular Science (01/2015-06/2018; current position: PhD student, Clinical Oncology, The University of Hong Kong)
Jimmy Yau, Biomedial Engineering (06/2017-05/2018)
Yubo Wang, Biomedial Engineering (06/2017-09/2017)
Ayoola Brimmo, visiting Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering, NYU Abu Dhabi (01/2017-05/2017)
Jiatai Sun, Mechanical Engineering (09/2016-12/2016)
Danshu Cong, Mechanical Engineering (09/2016-12/2016)
Xin Sui, Visiting PhD student, Physical Chemistry, Beihang University (10/2016-12/2016)
Xiaoyu Xu, Biomedial Engineering (05/2015-06/2016; current position: PhD student, Purdue University)
Caroline Kopfler, Biomedial Engineering (05/2015-05/2016)
Affan Ali Syed, Mechanical Engineering (01/2015-05/2015)
Yan Zhang, Mechanical Engineering (09/2014-09/2015)

Undergradaute Students:
Camden Riley Rowe, Biomolecular Science and Biomedicine (06/2019-08/2021)
Aroosha Aamir, Biomolecular Science (11/2019-05/2021)
Siqi Du, Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison (06/2019-08/2020)
Billal Alamarie, Biomolecular Science (11/2019-05/2020)
Asma Khursheed, Construction Management (06/2019-05/2020)
Allie Karakosta, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (6/2019-05/2020)
Mrinalini Singh, Biomolecular Science (05/2019-12/2019)
Si Yun Park, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (6/2019-12/2019)
Mrinalini Singh, Biomolecular Science (06/2019-12/2019)
Zijing Zhang, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (01/2017-08/2019)
Jessan Jishu, Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (05/2019-08/2019)
Huiyu Li, Pharmacy, Fudan University (07/2019-08/2019)
Hongtong Li, Measurement & Control Technology and Instruments, Tianjin University (07/2019-08/2019)
Yutung Yen, Biomedical Engineering, Nanjing University (07/2019-08/2019)
Sarah Liang, Biomolecular Science (06/2019-08/2019)
Chase Rosenberg, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (06/2019-08/2019)
Renee-Tyler Tan Morales, Biomolecular Science (01/2015-05/2019)
Veronica Li, Biomolecular Science (10/2018-08/2019)
Jessica Smith, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (09/2018-05/2019)
Joseph Andrew Bishop, Biochemical Engineering (09/2018-05/2019)
Park Eunha, Mechanical Engineering (06/2018-12/2018)
Huiying Xu, Mechanical Engineering (05/2018-08/2018)
Leavitt Olivia, Biomedical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (06/2018-08/2018)
Kevin Guan, Biomolecular Science (08/2016-07/2018)
Caroline Paulson, Biomolecular Science (12/2017-05/2018)
Sarah Angela Pak, Biomolecular Science (08/2017-05/2018)
Albert Chenhui Cai, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (09/2017-05/2018)
Jiongxian Huang, Biomedical Engineering (06/2017-05/2018)
Paola Terolli, Mechanical Engineering (02/2018-05/2018)
Adi Jain, Mechanical Engineering (01/2018-05/2018)
Aimen Shaikh, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (01/2018-05/2018)
Roy J Chen, Biomolecular Science (06/2016-12/2017)
Joyce Yan, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (06/2017-12/2017)
Fangni Zeng, Mechanical Engineering (06/2017-08/2017)
Jing Yang, Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University (06/2017-08/2017)
Levan Asatiani, Mechanical Engineering, New York Univeristy Abu Dhabi (06/2017-08/2017)
Adam Grosvirt-Dramen, Chemical Engineering, California State University, Long Beach (06/2017-08/2017)
Phoebe Welch, Biomedical Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo (06/2017-08/2017)
Jianhua Fan, Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University (07/2016-08/2016)
Danielle Chase, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (06/2016-08/2016)
Derrick Yuen, Mechanical Engineering (01/2016-5/2016)
Andrew Gordon, Mechanical Engineering (01/2015-12/2015)
Nasir Iqbal, Mechanical Engineering (01/2015-08/2015)
Ahmed Aladly, Chemical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology (06/2015-08/2015)
Zeheng Jiao, Precision Instrument, Tsinghua University (07/2015-08/2015)
Felipe Galvao De Campos Camargo, Mechanical Engineering, Universidade Tecnologica Federal do Parana, Ponta Grossa/Brazil (05/2015-08/2015)
Paulo Andre Dania Ferreira, Mechatronics Engineering,Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), State University of Campinas, Campinas, SP, Brazil (05/2015-08/2015)

High School Students:
Bariat Bashiru, Brooklyn Technical High School (07/2020-08/2020)
Maima Islam, New Explorations into Science, Technology, and Math School (07/2020-08/2020)
Aliyan Malik, Midwood High School at Brooklyn College, 2019 ARISE Program (07/2019-08/2019)
Gideon Asumeng, Laguardia High School Music Art, 2018 ARISE Program (07/2019-08/2019)
Manan Shukla, Wheatley High School (02/2018-08/2018)
Theodora Athanitis, Brooklyn Technical High School, 2018 ARISE Program (07/2018-08/2018)
Fariha Hanif, The Baccalaureate School for Global Education, 2018 ARISE Program (07/2018-08/2018)
Rubiel Aquino, Breakthrough New York, 2018 ARISE Program (07/2018-08/2018)
Joya Debi, Hunter College High School, 2017 ARISE Program (07/2017-08/2017)
Annie Rozenblyum, Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences, 2017 ARISE Program (07/2017-08/2017)
Constantine Athanitis, Stuyvesant High School (02/2016-11/2016), current undergraduate student at Stanford University
Lillian Baker, Laguardia high school, 2016 ARISE Program (07/2016-08/2016)
Paul Spezza, Forest Hills High School, 2016 ARISE Program (07/2016-08/2016)
Menjin Kuk, Stuyvesant high school, 2015 ARISE Program (07/2015-08/2015)
Wuraola Omotosho, Brooklyn Latin School, 2015 ARISE Program (07/2015-08/2015)
Malik Bolden, Poly Prep Country Day School, 2015 ARISE Program (07/2015-08/2015)
Kristine Ly, Midwood high school (01/2015-08/2015)
Linda Zhu, Midwood high school (01/2015-08/2015)