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Dr Gu is currently appointed as a Full Professor, Director of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Engineering Lab for Intelligent Organ Manufacturing and group leader of Bioinspired Engineering, at Institute for Stem Cell and Regeneration (ISCR) | Institute of Zoology (IOZ), CAS. Dr Gu has interdisciplinary training in materials chemistry and stem cells. His first doctoral career (2009-2013) is mainly engaged in research on stem cells at Northeast Agricultural University and Chinese Academy of Sciences. He completed a second PhD (2013-2017) in Chemistry at University of Wollongong (UOW) followed by being appointed as an Associate Professor at IOZ, CAS and establishing his lab, Bioinspired Engineering. He became Full Professor at IOZ, CAS at the end of 2019. Prof Gu focuses on developing novel biomaterials and advanced technologies, 3D/4D bioprinting to regulate stem cell fate, fabrication of functional 3D organs and even live organisms in vitro. These studies are applied to understand the mechanism of life and establish novel therapeutic methodologies.  Prof Gu has previously published 33 first-author and corresponding author peer-reviewed journal articles, including Adv. Funct. Meter., Adv. Sci., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Materials Horizons, Adv. Healthc. Mater. etc., mostly on bioprinting, biofabrication, biomaterials and stem cell engineering over the past 5 years. Furthermore, Prof Gu has been invited to finish 3 book chapters and co-inventor on seven patents.

Selected Prizes, awards and honors
• 2023 Australia China Alumni Award for Research and Science (Judges’ Commendation and Winner), Australia China Alumni Association
• 2023 Excellent Final Evaluation, Hundred Talents Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences(百人计划结题优秀)
• 2023 Outstanding Young Talents of “Phoenix Project” in Chaoyang District, Beijing
• 2022 Chinese Society of Stem Cell Research (CSSCR) Young Investigator Award
• 2022 Excellent Young Scientists Fund, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (基金委优青)
• 2020 Final Evaluation of  “Hundred Talents Program”, Chinese Academy of Sciences
• 2017 “Hundred Talents Program” Youth Talent of Chinese Academy of Sciences 
• 2017 UOW Outstanding Thesis
• 2017 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad

Dr Gu is currently appointed as a Full Professor, Director of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Engineering Lab for Intelligent Organ Manufacturing and group leader of Bioinspired Engineering, at Institute for Stem Cell and Regeneration (ISCR) | Institute of Zoology (IOZ), CAS. Dr Gu has interdisciplinary training in materials chemistry and stem cells. His first doctoral career (2009-2013) is mainly engaged in research on stem cells at Northeast Agricultural University and Chinese Academy of Sciences. He completed a second PhD (2013-2017) in Chemistry at University of Wollongong (UOW) followed by being appointed as an Associate Professor at IOZ, CAS and establishing his lab, Bioinspired Engineering. He became Full Professor at IOZ, CAS at the end of 2019. Prof Gu focuses on developing novel biomaterials and advanced technologies, 3D/4D bioprinting to regulate stem cell fate, fabrication of functional 3D organs and even live organisms in vitro. These studies are applied to understand the mechanism of life and establish novel therapeutic methodologies.  Prof Gu has previously published 33 first-author and corresponding author peer-reviewed journal articles, including Adv. Funct. Meter., Adv. Sci., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Materials Horizons, Adv. Healthc. Mater. etc., mostly on bioprinting, biofabrication, biomaterials and stem cell engineering over the past 5 years. Furthermore, Prof Gu has been invited to finish 3 book chapters and co-inventor on seven patents.

Selected Prizes, awards and honors
• 2022 Chinese Society of Stem Cell Research (CSSCR) Young Investigator Award
• 2022 Excellent Young Scientists Fund, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (基金委优青)
• 2020 Final Evaluation of  “Hundred Talents Program”, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) (中科院百人择优)
• 2017 “Hundred Talents Program” Youth Talent of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) 
• 2017 UOW Outstanding Thesis
• 2017 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad

Qi Gu

OUR Team

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Postdoc
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Students
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Staff
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Former Members

Assistant Researchers

Xinhuan Wang

Assistant Researcher

XINHUAN got her B.S. and M.S. in chemistry at Yangzhou University. In 2019, she obtained her Doctor’s degree in physical chemistry at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. There, she designed material-based composites and novel structures with visible-light response properties. Afterward, she joined the Gu lab for postdoctoral training at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 2023, she joined the Gu lab as Assistant Researcher.

Research Interest:
Designing biopolymer-based micro-hydrogel for applications in constructing vascular networks.

Postdoctoral Associates

Postdoctoral Associate

SHEN got his B.S. degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering at Yunnan University. Then, he successfully obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2016 and 2020. During his doctoral studies, he focused on developing novel inks and approaches for printing tissues and organs. In 2020, He joined Dr. Gu’s lab as a postdoc. 

Research Interest:
Bioprinting of large-scale vascularized tissue/organs

Xin Liu

Postdoctoral Associate

2022.08 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Postdoctoral Associate
2017.09 – 2022.07 Savaid Medical School, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, major in regenerative medicine, Ph.D.
2016.03 – 2017.08 Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, joint undergraduate.
2013.09 – 2016.02, Hebei University, major in biological science, B.S.

Research Interest:
Integrated system to study vascular networks and to print multi-materials. 

Heng Liu

Postdoctoral Associate

HENG completed his B.S. in Clinical Medicine at Jining Medical College in 2016, followed by postgraduate studies in Orthopedics at Bethune Medical College of Jilin University, where he received his Master’s degree in 2019. He then pursued his doctorate at the University of Munich, sponsored by the China Scholarship Council (CSC), and earned his Dr. Med. degree in 2022. Upon returning to China, he became a joint postdoctoral fellow at Beijing Jishuitan Hospital and the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, by joining the Gu lab in 2023.

Research Interest:
Bone and cartilage tissue engineering;
Treatment of bone infections;
Osteoporosis therapy;
Development of bone cement materials.

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Wei Chen

Postdoctoral Associate

WEI earned his Dr. Med. Degree in Clinical Medicine (eight-year program) at Hepatic Surgery Center, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2023. By joining the Gu lab, He became a joint postdoctoral fellow at the Rehabilitation Department, Tongji Hospital, and the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Research Interest:
Liver tissue engineering;
Management of acute liver failure;
Treatment of liver cancer.

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Dan Chen

Postdoctoral Associate

Dan enrolled in the Clinical Medicine (Eight Year Program) at Huazhong University of Science and Technology from 2015.09 to 2023.09, and she earned her Dr. Med. degree. She became a joint postdoctoral fellow at Tongji Hospital Huazhong University of Science and Technology and the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, by joining the Gu lab in 2023.11.

Research Interest:
In vitro culture of embryos & Organoids

Visiting Students / Scholars

Ph.D. STUDENTS

Zili Gao

Zili Gao

Doctoral Candidate

2018.09 till now, Savaid Medical School, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, major in regenerative medicine.
2014.09 – 2018.07, Shandong Agricultural University, major in biotechnology, B.S.

Research Interest:
Microspheres & Biointerfaces & Functional Units

Tingting Fan

Tingting Fan

Doctoral Candidate

2021.09 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
2018.09 – 2021.07, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, major in regenerative medicine, M.D.
2014.09 – 2018.07, Hebei University, major in Biological sciences, B.S.

Research Interest:
Skeletal muscle regeneration using 3D bioprinting technology.

Wenhui Huang

Doctoral Candidate

2019.09 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
2018.03 – 2019.06 Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, joint undergraduate.
2015.09 – 2018.01 Hebei University, major in biological science.

Research Interest:
Hard-soft composition bioink

Kai Li

Doctoral Candidate

KAI acquired his master’s degree in 2019 majored in Materials Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). From 2013 to 2017, he studied at the University of Science and Technology Beijing and majored in Materials Science and Engineering.

Research Interest:
Complicated printing paths for bio-gradience and bio-anisotropy to be used in heart construction.

Tan Jia

Joint Doctoral Candidate

2021.09 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2017.9 – 2021.7, Shandong University

Research Interest:
Manipulate cell morphological characteristics in 3D printing

Xiyuan Zhao

Xiyuan Zhao

Doctoral Candidate

2020.06 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, mainly engages in the preparation of microcarriers.
2017.09 – 2020.06, studied at Beijing University of Chemical Technology with a master’s degree in materials science and engineering. The main work is to characterize and study the microparticles, existing forms and chemical composition of rubber, and change the properties of materials by changing the structure.

Research Interest:
Microgel system development for stem cell culture and printing

Jialin Hu

Doctoral Candidate

2022.09 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
2019.09 – 2022.06 Henan University, joint national laboratory for antibody drug engineering
2015.09 – 2019.06 Zhejiang Normal University, College of Chemistry and Life Science

Research Interest:
Multidirectional differentiation of embryonic stem cells in the 3D environment

DIMING ZHAO

Joint Doctoral Candidate

2022.09 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Fuwai Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College/National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases, major in Cardiovascular Surgery.
2014.09 – 2022.06, Shandong University, major in cardiovascular surgery, B.S. & M.D.

Research Interest:
Tissue-engineered heart valve using 3D bioprinting technology.

Mingjian Chen

Joint Doctoral Candidate

2022.09 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Fuwai Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College/National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases, major in Cardiovascular Surgery.
2019.09 – 2022.06, Fuwai Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College/National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases, major in Cardiovascular Surgery, M.D.
2014.09 – 2019.06, Guangzhou Medical University, major in clinical medicine, B.S.

Research Interest:
Tissue-engineered heart valve using 3D bioprinting technology.

Juan Zhang

Joint Doctoral Candidate

2023.06 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Northeast Agriculture University
2020.10 – 2023.06, Hubei University; Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research Interest:
Using stem cells to construct a brain development model in vitro

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Chengyi Sun

Joint Doctoral Candidate

2023.09 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Center of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Beijing Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical University, major in Orthopaedic surgery.
2020.09-2023.06 Beijing Tongren Hospital, Capital Medical University, major in Orthopaedic surgery. M.D.
2015.09-2020.06 Capital Medical University, major in clinical medicine, B.S.

Research Interest:
Bone and cartilage tissue engineering

Master's Students

Haitao Guo

Graduate Student

2021.09 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
2017.9 – 2021.6, Nanchang University, major in Material Forming and Control Engineering.

Research Interest:
Biomedical Materials and 3D printing preparation.

Juan Wu

Graduate Student

2021.09 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
2017.09 – 2021.06, Tianjin Medical University, major in Biomedical Engineering.

Research Interest:
Biomedical Materials and 3D printing preparation.

Yifan Wang

Graduate Student

2022.02 till now, doing the undergraduate graduation project. 2018.09 till now, Undergraduate in Nanjing Normal University, majoring in biological science.

Research Interest:
Construction of bionic small-diameter blood vessel based on biomaterials

Guoshi Xu

Graduate Student

2022.07 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
2018.08 – 2022.06, Southeast University, major in Biomedical Engineering.

Research Interest:
Biomedical Materials and Microfluidics

Yifan Hou

Graduate Student

2022.09 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
2017.9 – 2021.6, Southeast University, major in Biomedical Engineering.

Research Interest:
Biofabrication of vascularized tissue/organs

Rui Yuan

Joint Graduate Student

2020.09 till now, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang. 2016.09-2020.06, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo.

Research Interest:
Electrocatalytic Oxygen Reduction Performance of Cobalt Porphyrin-based Complex

Dadi Sun

Joint Graduate Student

2022.09 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing Tongren Hospital of Capital Medical University, major in Orthopedic Surgery.
2016.09 – 2021.06, Guangxi Medical University, major in clinical medicine, B.S.

Research Interest:

Haolin Chen

Graduate Student

2023.06 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science.
2018.09 – 2022.06, Shandong University, major in Material Science and Engineering.

Research Interest:
Machine-Learning-Assisted Biofabrication and Microfluidics

Shuxian Chen

Graduate Student

2023.06 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
2019.09 – 2023.06, Yangzhou University, major in Material Forming and Control Engineering.

Research Interest:
Construction of vascularized tissue by 3D bioprinting

Undergraduate Students

Staff

Lixun Zhou

Lixun Zhou

Laboratory Manager

2019 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, supervised and maintained the experiment order, managed experiment finance-related works, and secretary work of the lab.
2015.07 – 2019.06, lab manager, Institute of Genetics and Development Biology Chinese Academy of Sciences.
2016.09 – 2019.06, Joint-Postgraduates, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University and Institute of Genetics and Development Biology Chinese Academy of Sciences, major in crop genetics and breeding.

Wenli Liu

Wenli Liu

Mechanical Engineer
2018.07 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 3D modeling, operation, and maintenance of 3D printers and related equipment.

Ruoyu Liu

Mechanical Engineer

2022.02 till now, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. 2017.09 – 2021.06, Xinjiang University, major in Mechanical Engineering.

Research Interest:
Experimental equipment design and fabrication