People

Ke Cheng

Principle Investigator

Ke is Professor in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Professor in the UNC/NCSU joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. He is an adjunct professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Ke also serves as the co-director of the functional tissue engineering program at the Comparative Medicine Institute. 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 and post-graduate training/junior faculty experiences at UCLA School of Medicine and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In his leisure time, Ke plays soccer with his son George and bikes with his daughter Jamie.

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.

Wei Liu

Visiting Researcher

Wei is an Associate Professor in School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, China. She received her Ph.D in Environmental Science at Dalian University of Technology in 2008. Her research interests include exposure assessment, toxic response and the mechanisms associated with developmental exposure to low levels of environmental pollutants. Her visiting research at Dr. Adler lab and Dr. Cheng Lab, Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences, CVM, NCSU, focuses on lung stem cell and its application to human health risk assessment of environmental pollutants. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading and various outdoor activities with family and friends.

Halle Lutz

Research Associate

Halle received her Bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with minors in chemistry and Chinese. Her undergraduate research thesis, Cell-Mediated Drug Delivery as a Treatment to Inhibit Restenosis, led her to joining Dr. Cheng’s lab at NC State University. Her research now focuses on the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis using stem cells. Outside of the lab, Halle enjoys reading, hiking, and playing with her dog, Yeti.

Dashuai Zhu

Postdoctoral Scientist

Dashuai received the PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Nankai University, China, after that he become a postdoctoral researcher in Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at NC State University. His researches mainly focus on myocardial repair and regeneration after ischemic insults by using of biomedical engineering techniques. Dashuai has lots of animal handling experiences, including surgeries, medication/treatment, as well as histological processing and pathological evaluation. In his free time, he enjoys movies and swimming.

Xuan Mei

Postdoctoral Scientist

Xuan received his Ph.D. in College of Chemistry, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China in 2019. His research focuses on the development of functionalized 2D nanomaterials for biomedical applications, including drug delivery, cellular imaging and cancer diagnostic. Xuan has lots of experience on the synthesis of nanomaterials as well as conducting basic surgeries and related analysis for small animals. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing basketball and Switch.

Zhenhua Li

Postdoctoral Scientist

Zhenhua is an Associate Professor in the College of Chemistry & Environmental Science of Hebei University. He received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (CIAC), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Jilin, China. His research Interests focused on the synthesis and characterization of functionalized nanomaterials and their applications in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. His academic profile is referring to the Orcid number: 0000-0001-9751-0864 (http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9751-0864). Outside the lab he enjoys self-driving travelling with his family and friends.

Shiqi Hu

Postdoctoral Scientist

Shiqi received her Ph.D. in College of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Zhejiang University, China in 2017. She has lots of experience on anticancer drug delivery system and tumor microenvironment, including polymer synthesis, nanoparticles preparation and cancer models establishment.

Uyen Dinh

Postdoctoral Scientist

Uyen is a postdoctoral scientist 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 her 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.

Kristen Popowski

PhD student

Kristen is a PhD student in the Comparative Biomedical Sciences program. She received her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Animal Science. Her research focuses on the use of pulmonary stem cells for the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her cat, Ginger.

Junlang Li

PhD Student

Junlang received his Bachelor’s degree in biological science from Nankai University in 2019 and currently is a Ph.D. student in the Joint Biomedical Engineering Program at UNC-Chapel Hill & NC State University. His undergraduate research focused on tissue-engineered vascular graft(TEVG) in Dr. Deling Kong’s lab and conducted his thesis, Bisphosphonates’ Effect on Development of TEVGs under the guidance of Dr. Christopher Breuer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In Dr. Cheng’s lab, his research now focuses on therapeutic strategies for mesenchymal stem cell-based cardiac regeneration. Outside of the lab, he likes playing the guitar, working out, watching soccer games and also NBA.

Arianna George

Undergraduate Student

Arianna is a senior at North Carolina State University double majoring Biochemistry and Human Biology and minoring in Art + Design. She works under the guidance of Dr. Uyen Dinh and Kristen Popowski to research the use of pulmonary stem cells for the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis. Outside of the lab, she enjoys hiking, working out, and watching Netflix.

Sydney Stine

Undergraduate Researcher

Sydney is a Sophomore at N.C. State University pursuing her bachelors degree in Biochemistry. She is currently working with Teng Su as her mentor through the Summer Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (SIRI) program. Their research project focuses on the use of pathological biomarker-responsive microvessels to treat heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family and playing with her two dogs.

Cheng Lab Alumni

- Adam Vandergriff: Research Scientist - Eric Henry: Process Scientist, BioMedomics Inc. -Tyler Allen: Postdoc Scientist, Duke University Medical School -James De Andrade: Professor, Técnica Cirúrgica Veterinária; Semiologia de Pequenos Animais - ICA - UFVJM -Jinying Zhang: Professor and Deputy Director, Cardiovascular Medicine, Zhengzhou University 1st Affiliated Hospital -Deliang Shen: Associate Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, Zhengzhou University 1st Affiliated Hospital -Junnan Tang: Attending Physician, Cardiovascular Medicine, Zhengzhou University 1st Affiliated Hospital -Li Qiao: Attending Physician, Cardiovascular Medicine, Hebei University 2nd Affiliated Hospital - Yongjun Li: Professor and Director, Cardiovascular Medicine, Hebei University 2nd Affiliated Hospital - Feiran Liu: Resident, Beijing Hospital