• Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Feng Zhao headshot

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Tianjin University – 2001

Research Interests

  • Research areas: 3D tissue vascularization, cardiac tissue engineering, lymphatic tissue regeneration, naturally derived biomaterials, skin wound healing, stem cell engineering, vascular graft biomanufacturing

    Dr. Feng Zhao's lab seeks to address the challenges associated with engineering cardiovascular, lymphatic and skin tissues for regenerative medicine applications. Innovative therapies are being developed by precisely manipulating stem cells, biomaterials, oxygen tension and hydrodynamic culture conditions to create complex 3D tissue constructs with the structural similarity, necessary mechanical characteristics and sufficient immuno-compatibility to facilitate functional in vivo integration. The biophysical and biomechanical cues that regulate the tissue development are investigated by the biomimetic replication of in vivo cell-cell and cell-environment interactions.

    Zhao’s research has been well supported by National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and other funding agencies. She has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters. Her research products have been highlighted by various national and international news agencies, newspapers and scientific publishers.

Awards & Honors

  • Crain’s Notable Women in STEM, 2019
  • Michigan Tech Bhakta Rath Research Award, 2018
  • Portage Health Foundation Research Excellence Award, 2018, 2016
  • Biomedical Engineering Society-Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (BMES-CMBE) Rising Star Award, 2016
  • Michigan Tech Research Excellence Award. 2018, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012
  • Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI) Young Clinical Scientist Award, 2007
  • First Prize of Science and Technology Progress Award in Polymer-Based Smart Gels. Tianjin, China. 2003