Research Areas: Cellular Engineering, Immunotherapy
Research Program: Cancer Discovery Platforms Bridging the Engineering-Biology Continuum
Strategic Theme: Natural & Model Systems
Hua Wang’s laboratory aims to understand how cells can be manipulated and engineered to facilitate targeted delivery of therapeutics and regulate intercellular interactions, in order to improve and innovate therapies for cancers, injured tissues, autoimmune disorders, and other diseases. In one path towards this goal, his lab utilizes chemistry, chemical biology, and synthetic biology tools to modify or engineer cells for subsequent tracking and targeted modulation in vivo. In another path, his lab develops biomaterials that can home and manipulate immune cells in vivo, and apply them to the development of cancer vaccines, cell therapies, and medical devices. New molecules, polymers, and biomaterials that can serve as diagnostics, therapeutics, and medical supplies/devices are also of interest to the Wang lab.
Hua Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He obtained his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from UIUC and did his postdoc with Prof. David J. Mooney at Harvard University and Wyss Institute. His professional awards include Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellowship and Wyss Technology Development Fellowship.