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Qun Wang

Qun Wang

Qun Wang

Dr. Wang currently serves as assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, as well as an associate scientist at the Ames National Laboratory at Iowa State University. He got his Ph.D. in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering from the University of Kansas in 2010. He obtained another Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Wuhan University in 2007. Before he joined Iowa State University in 2012, he has worked as Jorge Heller Postdoctoral Fellow in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology of MIT and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wang has worked as an engineer in a chemical company and a pharmaceutical company before.

Dr. Wang’s areas of interest include Biomaterials, Organoid, Nanotechnology, and Drug Delivery. In Iowa State University, Dr. Wang BONDs his research in these areas to produce innovative solutions and products for improving human health. Specifically, the current research in Wang Laboratory focuses on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine using organoids, biomaterials mediated organoids and stem cell reprogramming, as well as organoids and cell-mediated drug delivery. His research can contribute to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of a large variety of diseases, such as antimicrobial resistance, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), diabetes mellitus (DM), obesity, oral drug and substance abuse, intestinal infection, HIV/AIDS vaccination, and colorectal cancer. Moreover, the discovery of substrates, pathways and growth factors involved in the differentiation of organoids and stem cells into specific lineages is expected to contribute significantly to the clinical protocols. The multidisciplinary research background enables Wang Lab to accomplish these goals. The ongoing projects include investigation of ex vivo culture systems of intestinal stem cells and organoids, development of new administration systems of organoids, organoids and stem cells reprogramming, and oral drug delivery systems targeting the intestinal mucosa. Dr. Wang has successfully administered the projects, collaborated with other researchers, and produced several peer-reviewed publications from each project as documented in the peer-reviewed journals. He has 97 peer-reviewed manuscripts in scientific journals. Notably, Dr. Wang is the corresponding senior author or first author in 70 of these papers. He has 36 invited lectures and presentations at different research institutes and premier meetings of professional societies, including the Controlled Release Society, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, and the Society for Biomaterials. Moreover, 28 peer-reviewed conferences proceedings or abstracts have been accepted for poster presentations. His inventions have led to a series of patents. Dr. Wang’s work has been frequently recognized and cited by other researchers from around the world. His personal H-index is 55, and the total citation is over 7400 (Google Scholar).

As a measure of  Dr. Wang’s work in the fields of chemical and biomedical engineering, he has received numerous prestigious awards including the Lloyd Mayer Scholar, McGee-Wagner Interdisciplinary Research Award (ISU), PhRMA Foundation Research Starter Award, and Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Career Award. These awards clearly recognize his contributions to improve the quality of life for humans afflicted with chronic, debilitating diseases. Dr. Wang’s reputation is also recognized by various academic societies as he serves as Editor, and Editorial Board members for prominent scientific journals. For example, he is the Editor of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Smart Materials Series. He has served as Editorial Board Members of the International Journal of Pharmaceutics, and Molecules. He also has served as Session Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting since 2013. He also has served as a study section member for the National Institute of Health (NIH) and panel member of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Wang will continue to employ his multidisciplinary expertise in the areas of materials science, stem cells, microfabrication, and pharmaceutical chemistry to address and resolve challenging problems of human health.

In addition to pursuing cutting edge scientific research, Dr. Wang has also committed to a career of teaching, not only in the classroom but also in the laboratory. Since Dr. Wang established his independent lab as a faculty member at Iowa State University, he has supervised three postdoctoral fellows, four graduate students, and over three dozen undergraduates. Dr. Wang is enthusiastic about fostering excellent engineers and researchers from unrepresented and minority students. He has kept the mission in mind throughout his career to enhance diversity and provide equal opportunities to all researchers. Dr. Wang has dedicated himself to engaging all population sectors to solve the emerging biological problems and discover innovative new ways to improve human health. All his graduate students, Zahra Davoudi, Yijun Qi, Prerana Ganguly, and Nitya Poovaiah, are women engineers. More than half of the researchers who have worked in Wang Lab are women, unrepresented and minority students. Recently, Dr. Wang has brought together scientists and engineers who work in different fields of chemistry, physics, biology, materials science, pharmaceutics, medicine, and clinics to write two books “Smart Materials for Tissue Engineering: Fundamental Principles” and “Smart Materials for Tissue Engineering: Applications”. These two books aim to fill this gap and tries to introduce new tissue engineering smart materials to a broad audience, from the scientific communities, educational organizations, to industrial manufactures.



Editor, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Smart Materials Series, 2014-present

Fundamental Principles of Smart Materials for Tissue Engineering

Applications of Smart Materials in Tissue Engineering

Editorial Board Member

International Journal of Pharmaceutics (Impact Factor: 5.875 in 2020), 2012-present

Molecules (Impact Factor: 4.411 in 2020), 2018-present

Other Academic Position

Society For Biomaterials (SFB), Member of Publication Committee, “Biomaterials for Organoids” Session Chair, “Biomaterials for Regenerative Engineering” Session Chair, 2021–present

Controlled Release Society, Member of Finance Committee, 2021–present

NSF CBET RECODE Panel Member, 2021–present

Session Chair of Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) 2016 Annual Meeting, 2016-2020

NIAID U01 Study Section Member, 2015-2017

NIH SBIR/STTR Study Section Member, 2012-2015

NSF CBET BBBE Panel Member, CBET BME Panel Member, 2012-2013

Session Chair of Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) 2013 Annual Meeting, 2012-2013


Jorge Heller Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 06/2012 (Advisor: Robert Langer)

Ph.D. in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Kansas, U.S.A., 12/2010 (Advisor: Cory Berkland)

Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Wuhan University, China, 06/2007 (Advisor: Yumin Du)

M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Wuhan University, China, 06/2004

B. S. in Environmental Engineering, Zhejiang University of Technology, China, 06/2000

Awards and Honors

PhRMA Foundation Research Starter Award, 2017

Lloyd Mayer Scholar, 2015

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Career Award, 2015

McGee-Wagner Interdisciplinary Research Award, 2014

Top Reviewer of Elsevier, Reed Elsevier Publication Group, 2011

Jorge Heller Postdoctoral Fellow, Controlled Release Society, 2010

Graduate Student Symposium Award, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, 2010

Excellent Graduate Award, Wuhan University, 2007

Industrial Experience

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries(U.S.A.)              May 2010 – October 2010

Summer internship worked as a formula scientist in orally disintegrating tablet (ODT), oral transmucosal (OTM), and oral powder drug delivery technologies.

Hubei Guangda Chemical Co., Ltd (China)            July 2000 – August 2001

Worked as an engineer and took charge of product quality controls; dealt with the company’s public relationship with local governance.

Professional Membership

SIGMA XI, the Scientific Research Society

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)

Controlled Release Society (CRS)

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