Kam Leong

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Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Professor Leong's research interest focuses on biomaterials design, particularly on synthesis of nanoparticles for DNA-based therapeutics, and nanostructured biomaterials for regenerative medicine

Biomaterials Design:

  • design of self-assembled fibers for tissue engineering
  • microfluidics-mediated synthesis of multifunctional nanoparticles for drug and gene delivery
  • synthesis of novel quantum dots for biomedical applications

Controlled Drug and Gene Delivery:

  • oral gene delivery for hemophilia A and B
  • non-viral gene delivery to the GI tract
  • oral delivery of antigen genes for vaccination

Tissue Engineering:

  • study of response of stem cells to nanotopographical cues
  • expansion of hematopoietic stem cells
  • nerve guidance channels with drug and gene delivery functions
  • microencapsulation of stem cells and genetically-engineered cells
  • development of bioartificial nucleus pulposus device
  • study of interaction of stem cells with synthetic nanostructured biomaterials

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering

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Education:

  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1987
  • B.S.CH.E. University of California at Santa Barbara, 1977

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • Clemson Award for Applied Research. Society for Biomaterials. 2012
  • Fellows. American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. 1999

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