Professor Wenxin Wang, Ph.D., FRSC

Professor (Skin Research and Wound Healing), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Principal Investigator, FRSC (Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry), PhD

UCD Charles Institute of Dermatology, UCD School of Medicine

Research Expertise

• Macromolecular design and engineering via controlled/living polymerisation techniques (including ATRP, RAFT and ROP) and click chemistry
• Functional nanomaterials - knot and/or dendritic polymers as multifunctional carriers for targeted therapeutic drugs (proteins and peptides) and DNA/RNA delivery
• Skin gene therapy and the development of new DNA plasmid vectors
• Bio-inspired responsive polymers as dressing/adhesive for wound healing
• Injectable ECM biopolymer hybrid hydrogels for stem cells encapsulation and delivery
• 3D Bio-printing
• Clinical targets: Epidermolysis bullosa, diabetic skin wound healing, and cardiovascular disease


Polymer synthesis, gene therapy, cell therapy, recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, diabetic wound healing, skin regeneration, cardiovascular disease, stem cells, injectable hydrogels, hyperbranched polymers


Professor Wenxin Wang’s team currently comprises 4 postdoctoral fellows and 11 PhD students

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Dezhong Zhou

Project: •RAFT polymerization
             •Gene delivery


Dr Irene Lara Sáez

Project: •Epidermolysis Bullosa 
             •Gene therapy
             •Animal experimentation


Dr Jing Zhang

Project: •Multiblock copolymers via RAFT emulsion polymerization
             •Optical polymer materials


Dr Lara Cutlar (Visiting Scientist)

Project: •Epidermolysis Bullosa 
             •Gene therapy


Current PhD Students

Fatma Alshehri

Project: ‘Wound Healing and Gene Therapy for Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa’


Patrick Duffy

Project: ‘Synthesis and Application of Bioresorbable Polymers’


Jonathan O’Keefe-Ahern

Project: ‘siRNA Delivery for the Treatment of Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa’


Sigen A

Project: ‘In situ Formed Hydrogel Scaffold Combining Stem Cell for Wound Healing’


Qian Xu

Project: ‘In situ Formed Skin Substitute in Combination with Gene Therapy for Wound Healing’


Ming Zeng

Project: ‘Gene Therapy for the Treatment of Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa’


Sofia Kivotidi

Project: ‘Hydrogel development for skin wound healing’


Xiaolin Li

Project: ‘Injectable Biodegradable Hydrogel in Cartilage Repair’


Xi Wang

Project: ‘Development of a Novel Technique for Biopolymer Synthesis and Its Biomedical Applications’


Jack Creagh-Flynn

Project: ‘The Application of Chemistry Platform Technology for the Healing of Burn Wounds’


Jing Lyu

Project: ‘Monte Carlo Simulation and Controlled/Living Polymerization’