Dr. Yupeng Chen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Holding both an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and chemistry from Brown University, Dr. Chen's long-term research interest lies in the design and development of DNA-inspired Janus base nanomaterials for regenerative engineering applications. He holds 10 US patents and 14 international patents in Janus base nanotechnology, some of which have been successfully licensed to industry partners. Dr. Chen has authored one book, nine book chapters, and 63 peer-reviewed publications, and he and his lab have delivered 107 conference presentations and invited talks. His achievements have been recognized with the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from NSF, the discovery award from DOD, and the grand prize in the New Investigator Recognition Awards from the Orthopaedic Research Society—where he was the top winner among 545 international candidates. Elected as a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in recognition of his efforts to translate scientific breakthroughs into practical applications, Dr. Chen also actively participates in peer review, serving on multiple NIH and NSF panels and contributing to the review and editorial process for 31 journals. He has secured numerous competitive federal research grants from agencies such as NIH, NSF, NASA, DOD, and CASIS. Recently, Dr. Chen has expanded the scope of regenerative engineering research from Earth to space, having received funding to develop and assess Janus base nanomaterials on the International Space Station (ISS) for innovative in-space tissue engineering, biofabrication, and biotherapeutics.
- Keynote: Manufacturing Beyond Gravity: Unlocking the Potential of Space for Innovation on Earth
- Tuesday, February 6 • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana