People

Ke Cheng

Principle Investigator

Ke is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine and an Associate Professor in the UNC/NCSU joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. Prior to this position, Ke was an Assistant Professor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine, where his research focused on stem cells and regenerative medicine in animal models. Ke also served as the director of the stem cell lab for multiple clinical trials including a clinical trial using patient’s own cardiac stem cells to treat heart attack. Ke’s formal education began with a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Engineering from the Zhejiang University, followed by a Ph.D. degree in Biological Engineering from University of Georgia. In his leisure time, Ke plays soccer with his son George and bikes with his daughter Jamie.

Taylor Hensley

Lab Manager

Taylor is the Laboratory Manager for the Cheng Lab at the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Taylor has 9 years experience in the scientific field in both academic and private sector after getting his Associates in Science. This has included working at Duke University in both Ophthalmology and Dermatology Research. In the private sector Taylor has worked at Medtox Diagnostic in Quality Control and at Humacyte as a Laboratory Associate and the Resident Expert in Histology. In non-science related history he received a Bachelors in Social in Criminal Justice and was a teacher at a school for children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities in Arkansas. Taylor enjoys reading, playing guitar, Netflixing, recording music, and playing tabletop games.

Teng Su

Postdoctoral Research Scholar (Co-advised with Dr. Frances Ligler)

Teng received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and M.S. in Environmental Engineering at ECUST, Shanghai, China. Teng has worked in the scientific field in academia over 10 years. Outside the lab he enjoys spending time and traveling with his family, reading, and music.

Li Qiao

Visiting Researcher

Li is a research scholar in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at the NC State University. She is supported by the China Scholarship Council. She received her Medical Degree in 2011 and recieved the Master’s degree in Cardiology from Hebei Medical University. She has pursued her Doctoral degree science 2014. Her research focuses on the mechanisms of cardiac stem cell mediated heart regeneration. In her free time, she likes jogging and playing Ping-Pong.

Tyler Allen

PhD Candidate

Tyler is a PhD student in Comparative Biomedical Sciences at NC State University. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Molecular/Cellular Biology, also from NCSU. His research focuses on characterizing the method stem cells use to extravasate blood vessels when injected intravenously. His research also involves uncovering the mechanism lung stem cells use to regenerate damaged lung tissue. Tyler enjoys reading, fitness, mentoring/teaching, and playing piano/singing.

PhD Candidate

Adam is a Ph.D. student in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC/NCSU. He received his B.E. from Vanderbilt University in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Engineering Management. He received his M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of South Carolina under the supervision of Dr. Jay Potts. His research focuses on the use of nanoparticles and biomaterials for treating myocardial infarction and cardiomyopathies. In his free time, Adam enjoys weight lifting, playing bass guitar, and playing ultimate frisbee.

Jhon Cores

PhD Candidate

Jhon is a Ph.D. student in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC/NCSU. He received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida. During his time as an undergraduate, he worked for 3 years as a research assistant in Dr. Peter McFetridge’s biomaterials/tissue engineering lab where he researched the endothelialization of human umbilical vein under the guidance of and in collaboration with Dr. Joseph Uzarski. Outside of lab, Jhon enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and Netflixing. His current research focuses on the use of pulmonary stem cells on animal models for the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis. A native of Cuba, his future goals include heading a collaborative research effort between a US based and a Cuban based lab.

Uyen Dinh

PhD Student

Uyen is a Ph.D. student in the Comparative Biomedical Sciences program at the NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Biology (focused in Genetics), with minors in Chemistry and Studio Arts. Her undergraduate research thesis,Genetics of Speciation in Drosophila Ananassae from Southeast Asia and the South Pacific Islands, under the guidance of Dr. Malcolm Schug. Before returning to school to pursue my Ph.D she worked for about two years for Eton Bioscience, a DNA sequencing company in the RTP area. Her current research focuses on developing a therapeutic to treatment Pulmonary Fibrosis. In her free time she enjoys spending time with Sterling her Husky puppy, traveling and working out.

Ke Huang

PhD Student

Ke is a PhD student in Comparative Biomedical Sciences at NC State University. He received his Medical Degree in 2008 from Shanxi Medical University, and then got the Master Degree on Exercise Physiology and Adult Fitness from University of Akron. His research focuses on cell therapy for myocardial infarction. His research also involves uncovering the mechanism stem cells use to regenerate damaged heart tissue. Ke enjoys reading, netflixing and swimming.