Jae-Won is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioengineering at Harvard University. His key research contributions include the discovery that physical forces make and distribute blood cells, and the development of novel biomaterial and physical techniques to leverage this insight for stem cell engineering, therapeutic delivery, and drug discovery. He is a recipient of the Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and was previously supported by the American Heart Association. His work has been published in various high impact journals, including Cell Stem Cell, PNAS, and Nature Materials. He has contributed to U.S. patents in blood engineering and biomaterial-based cell therapy.
Sing Wan wong Postdoctoral fellow
Sing Wan received his Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering at The Chinese University of Hong Kong under Prof. Arthur Mak and Prof. Kenneth Lee. He worked on the effects of oxidative stress on muscle cell mechanics. Sing Wan joined the Shin lab as a post-doctoral fellow in Nov 2016. He is now working on microfluidic encapsulation of single cells and investigating how physical microenvironments contribute to immunomodulation and matrix remodeling by mesenchymal stromal cells.
Stephen Lenzini PhD student, Bioengineering
Stephen received his BS and MS in Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University. He has worked previously as a research associate with Dr. Joshua Leonard and Dr. Keith Tyo at Northwestern. He is interested in the production, release, and delivery of cell-derived particles and their applications in biotechnology and bioengineering. Stephen joined the Shin Lab as a doctoral student in Bioengineering in August 2016. He is currently working on hydrogel-based systems for the production and secretion of extracellular vesicles.
Daniel devine Masters student, Bioengineering
Pranjal Kadwe Undergraduate student, GPPA
Pranjal is a second year undergraduate premedical student pursuing a neuroscience degree. She is currently working with Stephen in cloning and micropatterning gels to study the production of extracellular vesicles.
Celine is a fourth year undergraduate in bioengineering with an interest in cell and tissue engineering. She is currently working with Dr. Sing Wan Wong in modeling local matrix effects on mesenchymal stem cells.