Assistant ProfessorDr. Xin ZHAO


Tel: 34008083

Office: GH139

ORCID: 0000-0002-9521-7768

Research Interests

Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, Tissue Engineering, Cell Micro-environment, Microfluidics


Dr. Xin Zhao is an assistant professor at the Interdisciplinary Division of Biomedical Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China. She received her PhD in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering from University College London (UCL), UK (2010). Prior to her current position, Dr. Zhao worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University, Harvard-MIT Health Science & Technology (HST) and School of Engineering of Applied Sciences (SEAS) and as an associate professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU). Dr Zhao is dedicated to interdisciplinary research involving topics such as biomaterials, tissue engineering, drug delivery, cell micro-environment and microfluidics. She uses multi-disciplinary approach including material science, nanotechnology, cell biology and microfluidics to generate tissue-engineered organs and control cell behaviours for addressing clinical problems. So far she has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and applied for two national patents. Her work has been published in leading journals of the biomaterials field such as Chemical Reviews, Materials Today, Advanced Functional Materials, Biomaterials, Small, Theranostics, etc.

Selected Publication

  1. Zhao X, Liu S, Yildirimer L, Zhao H, Ding RH, Wang HN, Cui WG, Weitz D. Injectable stem cell laden photo-crosslinkable microspheres fabricated using microfluidics for rapid generation of osteogenic tissue constructs. Advanced Functional Materials (IF 12.4), 2016, 26, 2809-2819. (journal cover)
  2. Zhao X, Jiang SC, Chen S, Zhou L, Lin ZY, Pan GQ, He F, Li B, Yang HL, Fan CY, Cui Optimization of intrinsic and extrinsic tendon healing through controllable water-soluble mitomycin-C release from electrospun fibers by mediating adhesion-related gene expression. Biomaterials (IF 8.402), 2015, 61, 61-74.
  3. Zhao X, Yuan ZM, Yildirimer L, Zhao JW, Lin ZY, Pan GQ, Cui Tumor-triggered controlled drug release from electrospun fibers using inorganic caps for inhibiting cancer relapse. Small (IF 8.643), 2015, 11, 4284-4291. (journal cover)
  4. Zhao X, Sun XM, Yildirimer L, Lang Q, Zheng WY, Lin ZY, Zhang YG, Cui WG, Annabi N, Khademhosseini A. Cell infiltrative hydrogel fibrous scaffolds for accelerated wound Acta Biomaterialia (IF 6.319), 2017, 49, 66-77.
  5. Zhao X, Lang Q, Yildirimer L, Lin ZY, Cui WG, Annabi N, Ng KW, Dokmeci MR, Ghaemmaghami AM, Khademhosseini A. Photocrosslinkable gelatin hydrogel for epidermal tissue Advanced Healthcare Materials (IF 5.11), 2016, 5,108-118. (most highly viewed publication of AHM of 2015).

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