Dr. Zi Chen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a Member of the Faculty at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Chen received his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. Dr. Chen’s research interests range from solid mechanics and material science to biomechanics and mechanobiology, covering such diverse topics as mechanical instabilities of materials, energy harvesting, soft robotics, biomimetic materials/devices, smart personal protection equipment (PPE), nanofabrication (e.g., nanowires, nanoribbons, grapheme sheets), mechanics of morphogenesis in biological systems (embryonic development, biofilm growth, etc.), cell biomechanics (e.g., epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and cancer cell migration), and mechanics of DNA structures.

Dr. Chen has been involved in research projects that have collectively been supported by over $17 million in grants with around $3.8 million grants to Dr. Chen’s laboratory from National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Society in Science, and Facebook Inc. Dr. Chen has received a number of prestigious awards and honors including Society in Science – Branco Weiss fellowship, International Association of Advanced Materials Innovation Award, Marquis Who’s Who in the World, Outstanding Paper Award at the ASME 2013 2nd Global Congress on Nano Engineering for Medicine and Biology (NEMB), American Academy of Mechanics Founder’s Award, MRS Graduate Student Award Silver Award, etc. He is a founding co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Postdoctoral Research, and an editorial board member of Journal of Applied Mechanical Engineering and Journal of Material Science & Engineering.


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