The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
SMZ, KDP and ISN organized and worked on the 2016 Korea-China Joint Symposium on Biomimetic Medical Materials and organized the manuscript. The authors in each mini-reviews and communications contributed their corresponding parts: while KMP and KDP worked on polymeric hydrogel, JYP and SMW did design of electrical polymers for biomimetics and design of biomaterials for nerve tissue engineering, respectively. ISN has organized all the parts of this manuscript and all the authors read and approved the final manuscript.
Ki Dong Park, Ph.D., Ajou University, Korea
Ki Dong Park is a full professor of department of molecular science and technology, applied chemistry, and biomedical Engineering at Ajou University, Korea. Dr. Park earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in the industrial chemistry, Hanyang University in 1981 and 1983. He received his Ph.D. degree in pharmaceutics, University of Utah in 1990. He pursued his postdoctoral training in pharmaceutics/center for controlled chemical delivery at University of Utah from 1990 to 1991. After his POSTDOC training, he worked as a principle research scientist at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) from 1991 to 2000. Finally, he joined Ajou University as an associate professor in 2000. His research is focusing on developing advanced polymeric biomaterials (e.g., injectable polymeric materials and blood/tissue compatible materials), which can be applied into a wide range of biomedical applications, including tissue engineering, polymeric drug carriers, artificial organs, and medical devices.
Xiumei Wang, Ph.D., Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Xiu-Mei Wang is a full professor at the institute for regenerative medicine and biomimetic materials of the school of materials science and engineering, Tsinghua University, China. Dr. Wang received her B.S. and Ph.D degrees in materials science & engineering in 2000 and 2005 from Tsinghua University. After her PhD, She worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the center for musculoskeletal research at University of Rochester (U.S.A.) from July 2005 to May 2006 and in the center for biomedical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.A.) from May 2006 to January 2008. She then joined Tsinghua University in 2008. Her current research focuses on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, including nerve regeneration, bone regeneration, angiogenesis, and biomaterial-stem cell interactions.
Jae-Young Lee, Ph.D, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Korea
Jae-Young Lee is an assistant professor of the school of materials science and engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Korea. Dr. Lee received B.S. and M.S. degrees in the chemical technology, Seoul National University in 1997 and 1999. He worked as an associate research manager in LG Life Science Ltd. from 1999 to 2005. He received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 2010. He studied his postdoctoral research in University of California Berkeley with an American Heart Association (AHA) postdoctoral fellowship. He joined GIST in 2012. His research is in the field of biomaterials, which include biomimetic material design, electrically active biomaterials, plasmonic nanomaterials, and stem cell applications.
Kyung Min Park, Ph.D., Incheon National University, Korea
Kyung Min Park is an assistant professor of the division of bioengineering at the Incheon National University, Korea. Dr. Park received his B.S. and MS degrees in the applied chemistry and the biomedical engineering, respectively, Ajou University. He received his Ph.D. in the molecular science and technology (BK21) at the same university in 2012. After Ph.D., he pursued his post-doctoral training in the chemical and biomolecular engineering at the Johns Hopkins University from 2012 to 2015. Finally, he joined the Incheon National University in 2015. His current research focuses on designing novel hydrogel materials for a broad range of biomedical applications, including tissue regeneration, drug delivery as well as engineered healthy/disease models.
Shengmin Zhang, Ph.D., Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Dr. Shengmin Zhang received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Materials from Wuhan University of Technology, China. He became the Chair Professor and Director of the Advanced Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Center at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China, from 2003. He became a professor at the Materials Science Department in Wuhan University of Technology from 2000. Prof. Zhang has over 20-year experience in biomaterials and tissue engineering fields and is a chairman of Regenerative Medical Materials Committee, Chinese Society for Biomaterials (CSBM) and CSBM Chairman of Science Popularization Committee. He serves on the editorial boards of several well-established international journals, such as Tissue Engineering (Part A, B and C, USA), Biomedical Materials (IOP, UK), etc.
Insup Noh, Ph.D., Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Korea
Insup Noh is a professor of the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering and a founder of convergence institute of biomedical engineering and biomaterials in Seoul National University of Science and Technology, co-operated with Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences, from 1999. He earned his MSE and Ph.D. degrees at University of Texas at Austin, USA, in 1995 and 1997, respectively. He worked in both California Institute of Technology as a special graduate student from 1995 to 1997 and in Division of Harvard-MIT Health Science and Technology as a postdoc from 1997 to 1999. He is currently vice presidents of both the Korean Society for Biomaterials and the Korean Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society, serving as an editor-in-chief of Biomaterials Research as well as an editors advisory group of BioMed Central.