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Current Members

Dr. Mei Wei, Principle Investigator

Dr. Mei Wei, principle investigator of the Wei Laboratory

Dean and Moss Professor of Engineering Education
Stocker Center 155
Dean's Office

Education and Qualifications

Management Development Program 06/2017—Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
Post-Doc 01/2002—Biomaterials, Queensland University of Technology
Post-Doc 10/1999—Biomaterials, Kyoto University
Ph.D. 04/1998—Materials Science and Engineering, The University of New South Wales
M.E. 07/1994—Materials Science and Engineering, The University of New South Wales

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Awards and Professional Activities

2017—Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
2015—INSIGHT Into Diversity 2015 Inspiring Women in STEM Award
2013—Member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE)
2007—2007 Women of Innovation Award, Connecticut Innovation – first female faculty in Engineering received this award
2007—Professional Excellence Awards, Educator of the Year, 2007, UConn
2005—Outstanding Department Member, Dept. of Materials Science and Eng., UConn
1998-1999—Postdoc Fellowship of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
1999—Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (ARC, not taken up as the offer received after the commencement of the fellowship in Japan)

Associate Editor of Journal of Biomedical Materials Research A; Editorial member of the Journal of Bioceramics Development and Applications and Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A; Panel member for various federal funding agents, and reviewer for more than 30 biomaterials and materials related journals.

Dr. Jasper (Le) Yu, Research Scientist

Dr. Le Yu, postdoc in the Wei Laboratory

Research Scientist
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Stocker Center 172


Ph.D. 11/2019—Materials Science and Engineering, University of Connecticut
M.S. 07/2015—Materials science, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
B.S. 06/2012—Materials science and Engineering, Nanjing university of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Professional Appointment

02/2022—present        Research Scientist; Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Ohio University

01/2020—02/2022      Postdoctoral Research Associate; Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Ohio University

12/2018—06/2019      Internship; Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development, University of Connecticut Health Center 

08/2015—12/2019      Graduate Assistant; Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Connecticut

09/2012—07/2015      Research Assistant; Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

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Awards and Professional Activities

2019—General Electric (GE) Graduate Fellow for Innovation
2019—UCONN Graduate Travel Award
2019—UCONN Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
2017—General Electric (GE) Graduate Fellow for Innovation

Editorial board member for Polymers; Guest editor for Frontiers in Materials/Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology; Peer reviewer of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, International Journal of Molecular SciencesFrontiers in Materials, Journal of Functional Materials,  PolymersScientific Reports, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A, Materials, and BioMed Research International.

Dr. Sacha Cavelier, Postdoc

Dr. Sacha Cavelier

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Stocker Center 170


Ph.D. 09/2020—Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Canada
M.S. 09/2015— Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Canada
B.S. 09/2011—Biomedical Engineering, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de St Etienne, France

Awards and Professional Activities

2019-2020—Visiting researcher, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia

2019—Doctoral Internship Award, Graduate Mobility Award

2015—McGill Engineering Doctoral Award, Best master thesis in Mechanical Engineering department

2014—ACFAS Award of the best science picture

Mr. Brett Hannon, Graduate Student

Mr. Brett Hannon

Master Student

Biomedical Engineering



B.E. 05/2021—Mechanical Engineering, Ohio University


Lab Alumni

Graduate Students

  • Le Yu (Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering 11/2019) Preparation and Characterization of Collagen-Hydroxyapatite-Based Composites for Biomedical Applications
  • Bryant Heimbach (Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering 4/2019) Silk Fibroin and Hydroxyapatite Composites for Bioresorbable Bone Fixation Devices
  • Drew Clearfield (Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering 4/2018) Multizonal Scaffolds for Osteochondral Tissue Engineering
  • Changmin Hu (Ph.D. Materials Science 12/2017) Fabrication and Characterization of Collagen-Apatite Composites for Bone Tissue Engineering
  • Stephanie Bendtsen (Ph.D. Materials Science 5/2017) 3D Bioprinting of Alginate Hydrogels for Bone Tissue Regeneration
  • Michael Zilm (Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering 6/2016 Magnetic Materials for Biomedical Applications
  • Max Villa (Ph.D. Material Science and Engineering 7/14) In Vivo 2-Photon Microscopy and Collagen-Hydroxyapatite Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering
  • Zengmin Xia (Ph.D. Material Science 12/13) Biomimetic Collagen-Apatite Composites for Bone Tissue Engineering
  • Erica Kramer (Ph.D. Material Science and Engineering 12/13) Magnetic Apatites for Biomedical Applications
  • Jonathan Russo (M.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2014) Inhibition of Urinary Tract Infections and Biofilm Formation on Long-Term Indwelling Urethral Catheters
  • Xiaohua Yu (PhD, 05/2011) Calcium Phosphate Coating as Drug Delivery System for Orthopedic Implants
  • Fei Peng (PhD, 05/2011) Hydroxyapatite/Poly(L-Lactic Acid) Fibrous Composites for Bone Tissue Engineering
  • Haibo Qu (PhD, 05/2007) Synthesis, characterization and cell behavior of fluoridated hydroxyapatite
  • Chandrasekhar Kothapalli (MS, 12/2005) Fabrication of apatite-PLA composites for bone repair
  • Rajeswari Kompalli (MS, 05/2006) Bioactive Implant guided supracrestal bone formation
  • Na Li (MS, 05/2007) A novel approach to improve the interfacial strength of hydroxyapatite coated implants for orthopedic and dental applications
  • Lyndon Charles (MS) Preparation of PLLA/HA composites for bone repair
  • Bindu Prabhakar (MS, 05/2010) Fabrication of PLA tissue engineering scaffolds

Undergraduate Students

  • Derek Pang (B.S. Materials Science and Engineering 5/2020)
  • Beril Tonyali, (B.S. Materials Science and Engineering 5/2019)
  • Andrew Nguyen, (B.S. Materials Science and Engineering 5/2018)
  • Julia Dugas, (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2018)
  • Ashwin Nagaraj (B.S. Molecular Cell Biology 5/2017)
  • Sean Quinnell (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2016)
  • Jorge Paz Solden (B.S. Materials Science and Engineering/Biomedical Engineering 5/2016)
  • Hyun S. Kim (B.S. Materials Science and Engineering 5/2016)
  • Jan Chris Chao (B.S. Molecular Cell Biology 5/2016)
  • Seamus Thomson (Australian lab intern 2015)
  • Tian McCann (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2016)
  • Casey Settle (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2015)
  • Adam Eichen (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2015)
  • Nabid Ahmed (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2015)
  • Bryant Heimbach (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2014)
  • Jessica Ingram (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2014)
  • Alison Welch (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2014)
  • Alyssa Weinstein (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2013)
  • Eross Guadalupe (B.S Biomedical Engineering 5/2013)
  • Matthew Conklin (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2013)
  • Kristen Manuzzi (B.S Biomedical Engineering 5/2013)
  • Britta Kunkemoller (B.S. Chemical Engineering 5/2012)
  • Joseph Podurgiel (B.S Chemical Engineering 5/2012)
  • Lindsay Gaedt (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2012)
  • Jo-Ku Teng (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2012)
  • Rachel Lellis (B.S. Biomedical Engineering 5/2012)
  • Michael Zilm (B.S. Materials Science and Engineering 5/2011)
  • John Walsh (B.S. Molecular Cell Biology, 5/2010)
  • Mike Zimmerman, E Itzkowitz, K Grassie, Adrian Reid, Kyle O’Brien, Shashank Settipalli, Emily Pribanic, D. McGeary, Eric Veilleux, E. Heuer, Meghan Schmidt, Danielle McGeary, Karla Stittnick, Patric Keating, Katherine Etter, Timothy Morin, Greg Whitehouse, Kathryn Tempe, Daniel Gynther, Kristen Gingras, Alaena DeStefano, Tom Coons, Ryan Pogemiller, Erik Johnson, Jennifer Olson, Elizabeth Hufnagel, Andy Czyzowksi, Jin Yao, Erica Kramer, Lydon Charles, Sofia Iddir, Andrew Ruminski, R. Priestley, C. Mcfarlane, S. Midson, and C. Hester.