Ruogang Zhao PhD

Ruogang Zhao

Ruogang Zhao
PhD

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Cytoskeleton and cell motility; Molecular Basis of Disease; Pulmonary Disease

Contact Information
330B Bonner Hall
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York 14260
Phone: (716) 645-1034
Fax: (716) 645-2207
rgzhao@buffalo.edu



Professional Summary:

My group is interested in applying advanced bio-fabrication technologies such as organ-on-chip and 3D bioprinting to develop novel engineered tissue models for disease modeling, drug discovery and damaged tissue repair.

Utilizing advanced biofabrication methods, we spatially control the mechanobiological microenvironment across multiple length scales to improve the physiological relevancy and clinical utility of engineered tissues.

We use these novel tools to study fibrosis-related diseases such as the cause and therapy of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and the effect of fibrotic tumor microenvironment on cancer immunotherapy.

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Bioengineering, Johns Hopkins University (2013)
  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering and Biomaterials, University of Toronto (2011)

Employment:

  • Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (2019-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (2013–2019)

Awards and Honors:

  • The Young Innovators of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering Society (2019)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2010)
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Doctoral Award (2009)

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • July 2020–July 2022
    An inflammation-induced fibrosis-on-chip system for the testing of anti-fibrosis drugs
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $920,000
  • May 2015–May 2020
    Fibrotic microtissue chips for screening of anti-fibrotic therapies
    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $1,400,000
  • May 2015–December 2016
    Stereolithography 3D printing of human organ on a chip
    UB Innovative Micro-Programs Accelerating Collaboration in Themes (IMPACT) Fund
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $30,000
  • July 2014–December 2015
    Human fibrotic microtissue chips for screening of anti-fibrotic therapies
    University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $30,000

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Professional Memberships:

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Society of Biomaterials

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Contact Information

330B Bonner Hall
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York 14260
Phone: (716) 645-1034
Fax: (716) 645-2207
rgzhao@buffalo.edu