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.

Qi Yin

Lab Manager

Qi is the Laboratory Manager for Dr Cheng's Lab at the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine. He has 10 years experience in the academic scientific field and 15 years for medical practice in China. He graduated from medical school and then worked as a pulmonary physician in China. His research interesting is in human pulmonary diseases including pulmonary fibrosis. lung injury, COPD, asthma and lung cancer. Qi enjoys reading, photographing, movies and his dog.

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.

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. She enjoys reading, crafting and playing the game of Go and so on.

Jhon Cores

Research Associate

Jhon is a research associate 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

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 at NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine. 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.