Leo Wan

About

Leo received both B.S. and M. Eng. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University, where he became a post-doc on stem cells and tissue engineering. He joined the Biomedical Engineering Department at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an assistant professor in 2011 and became an associate professor in 2016.

Leo's research is focused on developing novel strategies for tissue regeneration/repair, and establishing innovative organ-on-a-chip devices for disease diagnosis and drug screening. His lab unitizes interdisciplinary approaches including micro-/nanofabrication, stem cells, tissue engineering, biomaterial, cell/tissue biomechanics, and bioimaging.

Leo is a Pew scholar (Class 2013), and recipient of the NIH Director's New Innovator Award, the National Science Foundation Early Career Award, the American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant, and the March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award.

Leo is a fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA).

Education & Training

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University 2007

M.Eng. in Fluid Mechanics, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) 2001

B.S. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) 1998

Other affililations: Biological Sciences

Research

The mission of our laboratory is to develop novel strategies for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine and to establish innovative organ-on-a-chip devices for disease diagnosis and drug screening. We utilize interdisciplinary approaches including micro-/nanofabrication, pluripotent stem cells, tissue engineering, biomaterial, cell biomechanics, and bioimaging.

Primary Research Focus
Tissue Engineering and Morphogenesis
Other Focus Areas
  • organ-on-a-chip
  • BioMEMS
  • tissue engineering
  • cell chirality
  • cell biomechanics
  • tissue biomechanics

Recognition

Awards & Honors

2021                 Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA)

2021                 Chair of Cellular & Molecular Bioengineering Council (BMES SIG)

2015                 School of Engineering Research Award at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2014                 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

2014                 Kavli fellow, the twenty-sixth annual U.S. Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium by NAS

2014                 Basil O’Conner Starter Scholar Research Award, March of Dimes

2013                 Pew Scholars in Biomedical Sciences, 2013

2013                 American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant (AHA-SDG), 2013

2013                 National Science Foundation CAREER Award

2013                 New Investigator Award, Frontiers in Bioengineering Workshop, Atlanta, GA, 2013

2013                 Rising Star Award, the 2013 Annual Biomedical Engineering Society - Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Conference

Publications

The following is a selection of recent publications in Scopus. Leo Wan has 63 indexed publications in the subjects of Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Engineering, and Medicine.

Haokang Zhang, Kacey Ronaldson-Bouchard, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Leo Q. Wan
Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE
, 2022
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Haokang Zhang, Kacey Ronaldson-Bouchard, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Leo Q. Wan
Journal of Visualized Experiments
, 2022
, 2022
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Haokang Zhang, Leo Q. Wan
Advanced Biology
, 6
, 2022
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Ahmad S. Arabiyat, Hongyu Chen, Josh Erndt-Marino, Katie Burkhard, Lisa Scola, Allison Fleck, Leo Q. Wan, Mariah S. Hahn
Cartilage
, 13
, 2021
, pp.713S-721S
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Guohao Dai, Adam W. Feinberg, Leo Q. Wan
Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
, 14
, 2021
, pp.293-308
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Haokang Zhang, Jie Fan, Zhen Zhao, Chunyu Wang, Leo Q. Wan
Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
, 14
, 2021
, pp.231-240
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Tasnif Rahman, Haokang Zhang, Jie Fan, Leo Q. Wan
APL Bioengineering
, 4
, 2020
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Mengxi Lv, Yilu Zhou, Shawn W. Polson, Leo Q. Wan, Meiqing Wang, Lin Han, Liyun Wang, X. Lucas Lu
Scientific Reports
, 9
, 2019
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Lianjie Miao, Jingjing Li, Jian Li, Yangyang Lu, David Shieh, Joseph E. Mazurkiewicz, Margarida Barroso, John J. Schwarz, Hong Bo Xin, Harold A. Singer, Peter A. Vincent, Weimin Zhong, Glenn L. Radice, Leo Q. Wan, Zhen Chuan Fan, Guoying Huang, Mingfu Wu
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
, 116
, 2019
, pp.15560-15569
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Jie Fan, Haokang Zhang, Tasnif Rahman, Diana N. Stanton, Leo Q. Wan
Communicative and Integrative Biology
, 12
, 2019
, pp.78-81
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