Group Members

Wenxin Wang
Wenxin Wang
Principal Investigator
Ruth Foley
Ruth Foley
Research Project Manager
Irene-Lara-Saez
Irene-Lara-Saez
Postdoctoral Researcher
Qian Xu
Qian Xu
Postdoctoral Researcher
Sigen A
Sigen A
PostDoctoral Researcher
Zhonglei He
Zhonglei He
Postdoctoral Researcher
Darío Manzanares Sandoval
Darío Manzanares Sandoval
Postdoctoral Researcher
Mihai Negru
Mihai Negru
PostDoctoral Researcher
Jing Lyu
Jing Lyu
PostDoctoral Researcher
Melissa Johnson
Melissa Johnson
PhD Student
Yinghao Li
Yinghao Li
PhD Student
Xianqing Wang
Xianqing Wang
PhD Student
Cameron Milne
Cameron Milne
PhD Student
Bei Qiu
Bei Qiu
PhD Student
Zishan Li
Zishan Li
PhD Student
Xiaoyu Wang
Xiaoyu Wang
PhD Student
Rijian Song
Rijian Song
PhD Student
Pamela Kelly
Pamela Kelly
PhD Student

About The Wang Group

Keywords: Wound healing, Epidermolysis bullosa (EB), Stem cells, Hydrogels, DNA plasmid, Non-viral gene delivery vectors

Our research is focused on the development of functional biomaterials including polymers and hydrogels with the aim of improving therapeutic outcomes for EB, diabetic wounds, burn wounds & acute wounds, cartilage regeneration and neurodegenerative diseases.

Specifically, our current research includes:

  • Mechanistic understanding of ATRP, RAFT and CU0-mediated RDRP
  • Kinetically controlled (co)polymerization of MVMs
  • Macromolecular design and engineering via RDRP techniques (ATRP, RAFT, CU0-mediated RDRP, ROP and anionic polymerisation) and click chemistry
  • Multifunctional cyclized/knotted and branched polymers as gene delivery vectors
  • Injectable extracellular matrix (ECM) biopolymer hybrid hydrogels for stem cells encapsulation and drug delivery
  • Bio-inspired responsive polymers as tissue adhesives


For more information visit:
https://wenxinwang.group/index.html

Join our team 

To find out more about our research, to collaborate on a project or if you are interested in postdoc, PhD or internship opportunities, contact wenxin.wang@ucd.ie.

 

Recent publications
  1. Newland, B.*, Newland, H., Lorenzi, F., Eigel, D., Welzel, P., Fischer, D., Wang, W., Freudenberg, U., Rosser, A., Werner, C. ‘Injectable Glycosaminoglycan Based Cryogels from Well-defined Microscale Templates for Local Growth Factor Delivery’. ACS CHEMICAL NEUROSCIENCE, 2021, 12(7), 1178-1188, DOI: 10.1021/acschemneuro.1c00005.

  2. A, S.*, Xu, Q.*, Johnson, M., Creagh-Flynn, J., Venet, M., Zhou, D., Lara-Saez, I., Tai, H., Wang, W.* ‘An Injectable Multi-Responsive Hydrogel as Self-Healable and On-demand Dissolution Tissue Adhesive’. APPLIED MATERIALS TODAY, 2021, 22, 100967, DOI: 10.1016/j.apmt.2021.100967.

  3. López-Cano, J., A, S., Andrés-Guerrero, V., Tai, H., Bravo-Osuna, I., Molina-Martínez, I., Wang, W., Herrero-Vanrell, R.* ‘Thermo-responsive PLGA-PEG-PLGA hydrogels as novel injectable platforms for neuroprotective combined therapies in the treatment of retinal degenerative diseases’. PHARMACEUTICS, 2021, 13(2), 234, DOI: 1999-4923/13/2/234.

  4. Orlando,I., Basnett, P., Nigmatullin, R., Wang, W., Knowles, J., Roy, I.* ‘Chemical modification of bacterial cellulose for the development of an antibacterial wound dressing’. FRONTIERS IN BIOENGINEERING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY, SECTION NANOBIOTECHNOLOGY, 2020, 8, 557885, DOI: 10.3389/fbioe.2020.557885.

  5. Alghamdi, M., Chierchini, F., Eigel, D., Taplan, C., Miles, T., Pette, D., Welzel, P., Werner, C., Wang, W., Neto, C., Gumbleton M. and Newland, B.* ‘Poly(ethylene glycol) based nanotubes for tuneable drug delivery to glioblastoma multiforme’. NANOSCALE ADVANCES, 2020, 2, 4498-4509, DOI: 10.1039/D0NA00471E.

  6. Liu,T*, Li,X., Wang,T., Chen, M. , Zhang S., Liao, J., Wang, W., Zou, X. , Zhou,G.* ‘Kartogenin mediates cartilage regeneration by stimulating the IL-6/Stat3-dependent proliferation of cartilage stem/progenitor cells’. BIOCHEMICAL AND BIOPHYSICAL RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS, 2020, 532, 3, 385-392, DOI: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2020.08.059.

  7. A, S., Lyu, J., Johnson, M., Creagh-Flynn, J., Zhou, D., Lara-Sez, I., Xu, Q.*, Tai, H., Wang, W.* ‘Instant Gelation System as Self-Healable and Printable 3D Cell Culture Bio-Ink based on Dynamic Covalent Chemistry’. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 2020, 12, 38918–38924, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c08567.

  8. Pacharra, S., Mcmahon, S., Duffy, P., Basnett, P., Yu, W., Seisel, S., Stervbo, U., IpRoy, I., Viebahn, R., Wang, W., Salber, J.* ‘Cytocompatibility Evaluation of a Novel Series of PEG-Functionalized Lactide-Caprolactone Copolymer Biomaterials for Cardiovascular Applications’. FRONTIERS IN BIOENGINEERING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY, SECTION BIOMATERIALS, 2020, 8, 991, DOI: 10.3389/fbioe.2020.00991.

  9. Li, X., A, S., Xu,Q., Alshehri, F., Zeng, M., Zhou, D., Li, J., Zhou, G., Wang, W.* ‘Cartilage-Derived Progenitor Cell-Laden Injectable Hydrogel—An Approach for Cartilage Tissue Regeneration’. ACS APPLIED BIO MATERIALS, 2020, 3, 4756–4765, DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.0c00294.

  10. A, S., Zeng, M., Johnson, M., Creagh-Flynn, J., Xu, Q.*, Tai, H., Wang, W.* ‘Green Synthetic Approach for Photo-Cross-Linkable Methacryloyl Hyaluronic Acid with a Tailored Substitution Degree’. BIOMACROMOLECULES, 2020, 21, 2229-2235, DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.0c00196.
Alumni

Graduated  Students

Former Postdoctoral

Former Visiting

  • Dr. Jose-Ramon Sarasua (Former Visiting Scientist)
  • Xingang Li (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Rubén Martín (Former visiting PhD)
  • Luwei Lu (Former visiting Master)
  • Huda Alhamdan (Former visiting master)
  • Sophia Franciscani Mendes (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Raphael Esteves Marinho (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Lars Krabbe (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Dubaa Marie (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Verena Böhmer (Former visiting master)
  • Martin Karl (Former visiting master)
  • Jianyuan Huang (Former visiting PhD)
  • Xuan Wei (Former visiting master)
  • Shuai Liu (Former visiting PhD)
  • Caroline Delehedde (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Julien LeBoterff (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Marine Cognet (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Benedikt Kruse (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Denise Eustergerling (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Nicole Schmidt (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Gladys Ogeto (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Xiaoying Lee (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Nataliya Perera (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Maaike Schotman (Former visiting master)
  • Katharina Wöss (Former visiting PhD)
  • Sirong Li (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Luca Pierucci (Former visiting master)
  • Yalu Zou (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Jem Vasquez (Former visiting PhD)
  • Elisa Zattarin (Former visiting master)
  • Manon Venet (Former visiting master)
  • Peiyao Xue (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Meng Wang (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Ilaria Belfiore (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Hind Eddahani (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Ting Chien Cham (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Sing Wei Ng (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Brian Le Moal (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Peter McMicheal (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Lucas Fournet-Fayard (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Sergio Esteban Perez (Former visiting PhD)
  • Xiaobei Huang (Former visiting PhD)
  • Yuetao Li (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Yuanning Lyu (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Jennifer Lynch (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Julia Malone (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Jake Daly (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Grainne Geoghegan (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Ziyue Wang (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Sebastian Determann (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Frederik Wassenberg (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Magali Hita (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Krutika Singh (Former visiting master)
  • Yann Bordelanne (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Marie Laurencon (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Isabel Orlando (Former visiting PhD)
  • Subha Purkayastha (Former visiting PhD)
  • Elena Marcello (Former visiting PhD)
  • José Javier López Cano (Former visiting PhD)
  • Yao Wang (Former visiting PhD)
  • Anne-Sophie Gatelet (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Sosthène d'Hauthuille (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Pierre Albert (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Holly Doyle (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Andreia Ascenso (Former Visiting Scientist)
  • Chloe Pritchard (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Lunhao Chen (Former visiting PhD)
  • Yi Cai (Former visiting undergraduate)
  • Carolin Ricker (Former visiting master)
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