Helen Zha


Dr. Helen Zha received her B.Sc. (2007) from MIT and her Ph.D. (2013) from Northwestern University in Materials Science & Engineering. After pursuing postdoctoral research at Eindhoven University of Technology and UC Berkeley, Helen started as a tenure-track assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering in 2018. Helen has received an NSF CAREER Award, published 22 peer-reviewed journal articles to date (Google Scholar Page), and currently sits on the Advisory Board of Materials Innovation Initiative.


Other Focus Areas

Biomimetic and Bio-inspired Materials, Nanostructured Soft Matter, Molecular Engineering and Self-assembly, Nanomedicine, Materials for Energy and Sustainability


The following is a selection of recent publications in Scopus. Helen Zha has 35 indexed publications in the subjects of Materials Science, Medicine, Engineering.

Tanner D. Fink, Jessica L. Funnell, Ryan J. Gilbert, R. Helen Zha
ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering
, 10
, 2024
, pp.482-496
Huihua Xing, Caleb Wigham, Sieun Ruth Lee, Aramis J. Pereira, Luana J. de Campos, Agustín S. Picco, Cristián Huck-Iriart, Carlos Escudero, Laura Perez-Chirinos, Sandun Gajaweera, Jeffrey Comer, Ivan R. Sasselli, Samuel I. Stupp, R. Helen Zha, Martin Conda-Sheridan
, 25
, 2024
, pp.2823-2837
Alexander Connor, R. Helen Zha, Mattheos Koffas
Microbial Cell Factories
, 23
, 2024
Runye Helen Zha
Supramolecular Nanotechnology: Advanced Design of Self-Assembled Functional Materials: Volumes 1-3
, 3
, 2023
, pp.1001-1026
Alexander Connor, Jessica V. Lamb, Massimiliano Delferro, Mattheos Koffas, R. Helen Zha
Microbial Cell Factories
, 22
, 2023
Alexander Connor, Caleb Wigham, Yang Bai, Manish Rai, Sebastian Nassif, Mattheos Koffas, R. Helen Zha
Metabolic Engineering Communications
, 16
, 2023
Devan L. Puhl, Jessica L. Funnell, Tanner D. Fink, Anuj Swaminathan, Martin Oudega, R. Helen Zha, Ryan J. Gilbert
Acta Biomaterialia
, 155
, 2023
, pp.370-385
Zhengyang Xiao, Alexander J. Connor, Alyssa M. Worland, Yinjie J. Tang, R. Helen Zha, Mattheos Koffas
Metabolic Engineering
, 77
, 2023
, pp.231-241
Mirco Sorci, Tanner D. Fink, Vaishali Sharma, Sneha Singh, Ruiwen Chen, Brigitte L. Arduini, Katharine Dovidenko, Caryn L. Heldt, Edmund F. Palermo, R. Helen Zha
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
, 14
, 2022
, pp.25135-25146
Alexander J. Connor, Runye H. Zha, Mattheos Koffas
Current Opinion in Biotechnology
, 69
, 2021
, pp.263-272

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