• NIH R01 (2018-2022)
  • NSF CAREER, BRIGE etc. (2009-2019)
  • Edgerton Innovation Award, UNL College of Engineering (2013)
  • US Army Research Office (ARO, 2009-2012)
  • NASA Nebraska Space Grant (2009-2012)
  • SD Board of Regents Competitive Research Grant (2008)

Mechanical characterization of fiber networks

To optimize the microenviroment of cells and design future clincial relevan biomaterials.

Vascular remodeling: role of hemodynamics and solid mechanics

To understand the mechanism of in-stent restenosis from multiple scales (cell, tissue, organ) and multiphysics ( blood-artery interactions).

Traumatic brain injury: shock tube testing and computational modeling of fluid-structure interaction

To characterize the blast or impact induced brain damage.

Image assisted analysis

To transform 2D images data, such as CT , MRI or microsopy, to 3D solid model with the utmost accuracy and flexibility, and perform a variety of design and analysis on the 3D model.

Experimental investigation of soft tissues

To characterize the mechanical properties of the native and engineered tissue including the cells within the tissue, and identify the threshold of tissue/cell injuries


To design and optimize the composition of nanocomposite for a targeted performance/function.