Yan Wu


Ph.D. candidate, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, 2012-present
Ph.D. candidate, Bioengineering, Rice University, 2011-2012
M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, 2011
B.A., Polymer Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, 2008

Research interests:

My research focuses on designing biomimetic poly(ethylene glycol)-based hydrogels that support and direct valve interstitial cells growth and differentiation in a three-dimensional microenvironment. Also, I’d like to probe the mechanisms of extracellular matrix remodeling underlying aortic valve disease in order to construct tissue engineered heart valves in vitro. 




  1. Y Wu, R Shi, LQ Zhang. Nanosilica filled poly(glycerol-sebacate-citrate) elastomers with improved mechanical properties, adjustable degradation ability and better biocompatibility. J Appl Polym Sci 2012, 123(3):1612-1620.
  2. J Liu, Y Wu, LQ Zhang. Polymer-nanoparticle interfacial behavior revisited: A molecular dynamics study. Phys Chem Chem Phys, 2011, 13, 13058-13069. 
  3. Y Wu, QY Liu, LQ Zhang. Research on the structure and properties of nanosilica reinforced biodegradable polyester elastomers. Polym Mater Sci Eng 2010, 26(5):147-150 (in Chinese).
  4. R Shi, Y Wu, LQ Zhang. Recent Advances in Synthetic Bioelastomers. Int J Mol Sci 2009, 10(10), 4223-4256.