Research interests:

The Biomaterials and Stem Cell Tissue Engineering Laboratory (BSCTEL) is dedicated to the development of novel biomaterials for assisting biological studies and enhancing clinical therapies. Specific research directions include:


Functional biomaterials for regenerative medicine:

Stem cell tissue engineering


Novel supramolecular hydrogels are injectable, malleable, and mechanically robust.


Novel supramolecular hydrogels are mechanically robust (a, b), injectable and self-healing (c), bioadhesive (d), facilitate cell infiltration (e), and harbor small molecular drugs (f,g)

(Feng, Wei, et al., Biomaterials, 2016)

Hydrogels Functionalized with N-cadherin Mimetic Peptide Enhance Osteogenesis of hMSCs by Emulating the Osteogenic Niche. (Zhu, et al., Biomaterials, 2016)

intracellular detection of osteogenic  marker miRNAs in living differentiating stem cells.

Choi, et al., JACS, 2015



Co-delivery of small molecules and siRNA in multifunctional nanocarrier for enhancing the chondrogenesis of hMSCs, and subsequently stabilizing the chondrogenic phenotype of the differentiated hMSCs. (Xu, Li, et al., Adv Functional Materials, 2016)


Novel supramolecular hydrogels are mechanically robust, fatigue resistant, and resistant to cutting by a scalpel. (Wei, et al., Chemistry of Materials, 2017)

Mr. Choi Chun Kit

Dr. Zhu Meiling

Magnetically tuning tether mobility of integrin ligand regulates adhesion, spreading, and differentiation of stem cells. (Wong, et al., Nano Letters, 2017)


Dexter Wong

Remote manipulations of ligand oscillations regulate stem cell and macrophage adhesion and polarization. (Kang, et al., ACS Nano, 2017; Kang, et al., Nano Letters, 2017)



Self-assembled injectable nanocomposite hydrogels stabilized by bisphosphonate-magnesium coordination regulates the differentiation of encapsulated stem cells via dual crosslinking

(Zhang, et al., Adv. Func. Mater., 2017)



Dr. Heemin Kang

Kunyu Zhang

Dr.  Jianbin Xu

Dr.  Jinming Li

Bian Lab Biomaterials & Stem Cell Tissue Engineering Laboratory
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The Chinese University of Hong Kong


香港中文大學

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