Lijie Grace Zhang

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Lijie Grace Zhang

Professor and Associate Dean for Research


Office Phone: 202-994-2479
SEH 3590 | Office hours: Monday: 10:00am - 12:00pm; By appointment

Professor Lijie Grace Zhang's Bioengineering Laboratory for Nanomedicine and Tissue Engineering applies a range of interdisciplinary technologies and approaches in 3D/4D bioprinting, nanotechnology, tissue engineering, and drug delivery for various biomedical applications. The main ongoing research projects include: developing advanced 3D/4D bioprinting techniques and designing biologically inspired nanostructured scaffolds for complex cardiovascular, neural and musculoskeletal tissue regenerations; investigation of the influence of nano and chemical environments in directing stem cell differentiations for regenerative medicine; developing sustained drug formulations for long term and controlled drug release at disease or cancer sites; developing a novel 3D tunable tissue model for cancer metastasis study; and 4D printing soft biorobotics for biomedical applications.

  • B.S., Tianjin University China, 2001
  • M.S, Tianjin University China, 2004
  • Ph.D., Brown University, 2009
  • Standing Member of NIH Biomaterials and Biointerfaces Study Section (BMBI), 2017
  • Editor of Materials Science and Engineering C: Materials for Biological Applications, 2017
  • Finalist of NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award , 2017
  • ASME Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award, 2016
  • Associate Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Nanomedicine, 2016
  • SEAS Outstanding Young Researcher Award, 2015
  • Young Innovator in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 2015
  • GWU SEAS Faculty Recognition Award, 2014
  • Junior Faculty Travel Award for MRS 2014 Fall meeting (Boston), 2014
  • Finalist of NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award , 2014
  • NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, 2014
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer for NIH Bioengineering, Technology, and Surgical Sciences Study Section (BTSS), 2014
  • CTSI-CN Research Award for Mentored Collaborative Pilot Studies that Promote Integration of Clinical and Research Efforts at GW/MFA, 2013
  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 2011
  • Young Investigator Award from ASBMR Forum on Aging and Skeletal Health, 2011
  • John Haddad Young Investigator Award from American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), 2011
  • Pilot Project Award in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National (CTSI-CN), 2011
  • Early Career Award from International Journal of Nanomedicine, 2010
  • Winner of the 2010-2011 Interdisciplinary Research Fund Competition of GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering, 2010
  • Who's Who in America, 2010
  • Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2009.
  • Sigma Xi Award for Excellent Research and High Potential for Further Contributions to Science, 2009
  • STAR Award of Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting (San Antonio), 2009
  • STAR Award of Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting (Chicago), 2007
  • Edward Mason Fellowship at Brown University, 2005-2006

Professional Societies

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Association of Pharmaceutical
  • Scientists (AAPS)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)
  • American Society for Nanomedicine (ASNM)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society)
  • Society For Biomaterials (SFB)