Lijie Grace Zhang

Lijie Grace Zhang

Associate Professor
Address: Science & Engineering Hall
800 22nd St, NW
Phone: 202-994-2479

Areas of Expertise

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Nanotechnologies
  • Solid mechanics and materials science
  • Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials

Office Hours

  • Friday: 1:00-3:00pm
  • By appointment


Professor Lijie Grace Zhang's Bioengineering Laboratory for Nanomedicine and Tissue Engineering applies a range of interdisciplinary technologies and approaches in nanotechnology, stem cells, tissue engineering, biomaterials, and drug delivery for various biomedical applications. The main ongoing research projects include: designing biologically inspired nanostructured scaffolds and developing 3D bioprinting techniques for bone, cartilage, osteochondral and neural tissue regenerations; investigation of the influence of nano and chemical environments in directing stem cell differentiations for regenerative medicine; developing sustained drug formulations for long term and controlled drug release at disease or cancer sites; and developing a novel 3D tunable bone model for breast cancer metastasis study.

Current Research

Biomimetic Nanomaterials for Bone & Cartilage Tissue Engineering and Orthopedic Applications; Stem Cell Therapy for Tissue Regeneration; Sustained Drug Delivery Systems for Biomedical Applications


  • B.S., Tianjin University China, 2001
  • M.S, Tianjin University China, 2004
  • Ph.D., Brown University, 2009

Professional Societies

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Association of Pharmaceutical
  • Scientists (AAPS)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)
  • American Society for Nanomedicine (ASNM)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society)
  • Society For Biomaterials (SFB)


  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 2011
  • Young Investigator Award from ASBMR Forum on Aging and Skeletal Health, 2011
  • John Haddad Young Investigator Award from American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), 2011
  • Pilot Project Award  in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National (CTSI-CN), 2011
  • Early Career Award from International Journal of Nanomedicine and American Society of Nanomedicine, 2010
  • Winner of the 2010-2011 Interdisciplinary Research Fund Competition of GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering, 2010
  • Who's Who in America, 2010
  • Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2009.
  • Sigma Xi Award for Excellent Research and High Potential for Further Contributions to Science, 2009
  • STAR Award of Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting (San Antonio), 2009
  • STAR Award of Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting (Chicago), 2007
  • Edward Mason Fellowship at Brown University, 2005-2006