Principal Investigator

Eun Ji Chung
Gabilan Assistant Professor

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Professor Eun Ji Chung is a Gabilan Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California. She is also an affiliated PI at the USC Stem Cell Department, a member of the USC Norris Cancer Comprehensive Center, and has a courtesy appointment in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Keck School of Medicine. She received her B.A. in Molecular Biology with honors from Scripps College (Claremont, CA) and her Ph.D. from the Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences Program and the Department of Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University.

At Northwestern, Professor Chung developed biodegradable, citric acid-based polymers and nanocomposites for tissue engineering under the direction of Professor Guillermo A. Ameer. As a postdoctoral fellow, she first focused on fabricating self-assembling membranes and 3D printed structures derived from ECM proteins and carbohydrates for regenerative medicine. She then expanded her postdoctoral research and joined the laboratory of Professor Matthew Tirrell in the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago to develop peptide amphiphile micelles for theranostic applications.

Professor Chung is on the Editorial Board of the journals Experimental Biology and Medicine and SLAS Technology. She is also a member of the Society for Biomaterials (SFB), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), IEEE EMBS, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Heart Association (AHA), and American Society of Nephrology (ASN). Currently, she is the SFB Biomaterials Forum Reporter for the Drug Delivery Special Interest Group and is part of the Advisory Committee for Women in Nephrology. Dr. Chung teaches Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery (BME 599, BME 459). Click here for Google Scholar profile and here to view CV.

Selected Honors & Awards

Young Innovator in Nanobiotechnology, Nano Research (2018)
USC Faculty Mentoring Award, Undergraduate Students (2018)
SLAS Reviewer Excellence Award (2018)
BMES Career Development Award (2017)
AIChE 35 Under 35 (2017)
Emerging Investigator, Biomaterials Science (2017)
Tony B. Academic Travel Award, SLAS Conference (2017)
Broad Innovation Award (2017)
Young Investigator Session at Micro and Nanotechnology in Medicine Conference, IEEE (2016)
WiSE Gabilan Assistant Professorship (2016-2021)
K99/R00 Pathway to Independence (2014-2019)
Chicago Biomedical Consortium Postdoctoral Research Grant (2014-2015)
American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012-2014)
IBNAM-Baxter Early Career Award (2011-2012)
Certificate for Management for Scientists and Engineers, Kellogg School of Management (2010)


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