Principal Investigator

Hao Cheng Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Ph.D.  Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 2005
M.S.  Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2001
B.E.  Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, 1999
Office: LeBow 332B

Dr. Hao Cheng received his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Northwestern University in 2005 under the supervision of Prof. Monica Olvera de la Cruz. He was a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Prof. Robert Langer and Daniel Anderson at MIT during 2007-2012. Prior to joining MIT, he was a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of  Prof. Hamid Band at Northwestern University during 2006-2007. He holds B.E. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University in China. He joined the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Drexel University as Assistant Professor in September 2012. He is also an affiliated faculty member in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems. He is a recipient of the inaugural Nano Research Young Innovators Award in Nanobiotechnology in 2018 and an Editorial board member of the journal, Bioactive Materials.

Graduate Students

Yucheng Zhu (co-mentored with Prof. Andrew Magenau)
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
M.S.  Cornell University, 2019
B.S.   Shanghai Jiaotong University, 2017

Weisi Zhuang
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
B.E.  University of Auckland, 2022

Undergraduate Students

Kevin Wu
BS/MS Student, Department of Materials Science and Engineering


     Name                                    Year of leaving          Last Known Position
Pelin Kansu (BS/MS)                       6/2014                  Johnson & Johnson
Sirui Tang (MS)                                4/2014                   Lamar University (PhD)
Nrupen Zaver (BS)                          6/2015                    Medtronic Vascular
Christopher Eble (BS)                     6/2015                    Heraeus Precious Metals
Junjie Deng (Postdoc)                     2/2016                    Wenzhou Institute, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Faculty)
Dimitrios Arhontoulis (BS/MS)         6/2016                    Medical University of South Carolina (MD/PhD)
Julie Speer (BS)                              6/2016                     Washington University in St. Louis (PhD)
Hao Zhou (PhD)                              5/2017                     University of Washington at Seattle (Postdoc)
Stephen Bady (BS/MS)                   7/2017                    Modern Meadow
Zhiyuan Fan (PhD)                        12/2018                    Genentech
Peter Li (MD/PhD)                           5/2019                   Jefferson University Hospital (resident)
Kevin Wu (MS)                                6/2020                    Beckman Coulter
Pu Zhu (MS)                                    9/2021                    Novartis