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a National Science Foundation Center of Research Excellence in Science and Technology

Wei-Chun Chin

Professional Title: 
Associate Professor of Bioengineering, Thrust 2
Office: 
SE1 338
Education: 
  • Ph.D., 2000 — University of Washington
  • M.S.E., 1996 — University of Washington
  • M.S., 1989 — National Tsing-Hua University (Taiwan)
  • B.S., 1987 — National Tsing-Hua University (Taiwan)
     
Research Interests: 

Professor Chin's studies have focused on the application of polymer physics, microfabrication and engineering principles to biological systems. The application of the theory and tools from engineering in his work has initiated many innovative and productive research projects. These studies have brought us a better understanding of natural phenomena from the unique perspective of engineering. 

Professor Chin's current research plans include:

  • Intracellular Ca2+ signaling in acute pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Applications of microfabrication techniques to study microenvironment effects on stem cell differentiation
  • Spontaneous polymer gel assembly in aqueous environment Intracellular and intercellular signaling in unicellular phytoplankton cells

The equipment proposed for use by the Center will include a microscopy and Imaging System (Nikon TE2000 epifluorescence microscope, 12 bit 1360x1036 RETIGA EX-SRV camera, Simple PCI for digital deconvolution (Compix, Sewickley, PA)), a dynamic laser scattering system (Brookhaven BI-200SM system), ThermoForma class II A/B3 biological safety cabinets and a double stacked temperature-controlled incubator will be available.

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