Principal Investigator: Professor Wenxin Wang, Ph.D., FRSC

Wenxin Wang

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

Current Employment:
2018-present Guest Professor, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
2018-present Adjunct Professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin, Ireland
2018-present Professor, Charles Institute of Dermatology, School of Medicine, University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin, Ireland
2018-present Founder & Chairman & CSO, Blafar Ltd.
2019-present Founder & Chairman, Branca Bunús Ltd.
2011-present Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Principal Investigator, Ph.D., FRSC (Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry)

Previous Employment:
2013-2018 Associate Professor, Charles Institute of Dermatology, School of Medicine, University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin, Ireland
2010-2018 Founder & Chairman & CSO, Vornia Ltd.
11.2013 Professor in Synthetic/Polymer Chemistry, the Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, UK
2009-2013 Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Stokes Lecturer in Functional Biomaterials, Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB), National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES), Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering & Informatics, National University of Ireland, Galway, (NUI Galway), Ireland
2008-2009 University Fellow (Teaching and Research) in Biomedical Engineering (Functional Biomaterials), NUI Galway, Ireland
2007-2008 Senior Research Fellow, Advanced Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering Group, School of Pharmacy, the University of Nottingham, UK
2001-2006 Senior Research Fellow, Green Chemistry Group, School of Chemistry, the University of Nottingham, UK
2000-2001 Research Fellow, Centre for Education and Research on Macromolecules (CERM), University of Liege, Belgium

Biography:
Wenxin Wang is Full Professor in Skin Research and Wound Healing and a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Principle Investigator at the Charles Institute of Dermatology, School of Medicine, University College Dublin (UCD). He won the highly prestigious “SFI Young Scientist Prize in Regenerative Medicine” in 2010 at TERMIS-EU conference, the “SFI Principle Investigator award” in 2011 and the DEBRA Award for Excellent EB Patient Service in 2014, which highlight his work ethic and achievements. Prof. Wang’s scientific interests are in the areas of biomaterials, stem cell and gene therapy for the treatments of skin wounds, cardiovascular and neural degenerative diseases. His scientific contribution and achievements have been recognized both nationally and internationally including 193 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers (Nat. Commun., Nat. Rev. Chem., Sci. Adv., Angew. Chem., JACS, Chem. Sci. and Nano Letters etc.), 4 book chapters, 11 patents granted, 8 patent applications, 135 conference abstracts and presentations, and 97 invited lectures and keynote presentations. Since 2009 he has graduated 16 PhD students and mentored over 20 postdoctoral researchers. His achievements have met the increased interest in the wider public community with publicity media activities (engaging 49 times in TV Documentary, Videos and Newspapers), for example in ‘The Sunday Times’, ‘The Irish Times’, ‘Science Daily’ and ‘Chemistry World’. He has been awarded significant funding (ca. 11 million Euros) from different sources, e.g. SFI, Health Research Board (HRB), Irish Research Council (IRC), Enterprise Ireland (EI) and European Union (EU-FP7 & EU Horizon 2020) to support his research activities. Prof. Wang acted as the symposium convener and chair, the member of organizing committees and the member of the conference advisory board for 26 international conferences and has been selected as an expert reviewer and panel member by 24 international research councils and funding bodies. As the founder, Prof Wang has launched 3 companies - Vornia Ltd (www.vornia.com, sold to Ashland - a Fortune500 US company in Jan. 2018, renamed as Ashland Specialties Ireland), Blafar Ltd (www.blafar.com), and Branca Bunus Ltd(www.brancabunus.com). Three companies employ 20 people in Dublin, Ireland. Furthermore, he has licensed 7 new technologies to 4 companies: Ashland, Amryt Biopharm, Blafar and Branca Bunús, and successfully launched and commercialized 5 newly developed technologies onto the market.

COMMERCIALIZATION

•Founder & Chairman & CSO: Vornia Ltd. (purchased by Ashland Inc.), website: www.vornia.com
•Founder & Chairman & CSO: Blafar Ltd., website: www.blafar.com
•Founder & Chairman: Branca Bunús Ltd., website: www.brancabunus.com
•Intellectual Properties: 11 Granted Patents; 8 Filled Patent Applications; 7 Licensed IPs to industry partners: Ashland Specialties Ireland Ltd., Blafar Ltd., Branca Bunús Ltd. and Amryt Biopharma.
•Successfully launched and commercialized 5 newly developed technologies onto the market.

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS

•Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
•Member of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS)
•Member of European Society for Biomaterials (ESB)

E-mail: [email protected]
Prof. Wenxin Wang University Webpage: http://www.ucd.ie/charles/people/professorwenxinwang/

Post-Doctoral Researcher: Dr. Irene Lara Sáez

Irene Lara Sáez

 

Research Project
•Epidermolysis Bullosa
•Gene therapy
•Animal experimentation

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Post-Doctoral Researcher: Dr. Jing Zhang

Jing Zhang

 

Research Project
•Sequence-controlled multiblock coplymers via RAFT emulsion polymerization
•Optical polymer materials

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Post-Doctoral Researcher: Dr. Qian Xu

Qian Xu

 

Research Project
•Stem Cell for the Wound Healing

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Post-Doctoral Researcher: Dr. Sigen A

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Research Project
•In situ formed hydrogel scaffold combining stem cell for the wound healing

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Post-Doctoral Researcher: Dr. Jonathan O'Keeffe Ahern

Jonathan O'Keeffe Ahern

 

Research Project
•siRNA Delivery
•Gene Therapy
•Epidermolysis Bullosa

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Visiting Scientist: Dr. Dezhong Zhou

Dezhong Zhou

 

Research Project
•RAFT polymerization
•Polysaccharide
•Gene delivery

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Xiaolin Li (4th year PhD)

Xiaolin Li

 

Research Project
• Injectable Biodegradable Hydrogel in Cartilage Repair

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Xi Wang (4th year PhD)

Xi Wang

 

Research Project
•Biopolymer synthesis via supercritical fluid technology
•Drug encapsulation and delivery

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Jing Lyu (3rd year PhD)

Jing Lyu

 

Research Project
•Monte Carlo simulation
•Controlled/living polymerization

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Melissa Johnson (2nd year PhD)

Melissa Johnson

 

Research Project
•Functionalisation of ECM-based biopolymers
•Wound healing

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Yinghao Li (2nd year PhD)

Yinghao Li

 

Research Project
•Highly branched poly(β-amino ester)s
•Gene delivery

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Xianqing Wang (2nd year PhD)

Xianqing Wang

 

Research Project
•Gene therapy for EB
•Gene transfection

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Cameron Milne (1st year PhD)

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Research Project
•Functionalisation of ECM-based biopolymers

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Bei Qiu (1st year PhD)

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Research Project
•gene therapy for cystic fibrosis

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Zishan Li (1st year PhD)

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Research Project
•Mechanism study of the Cu(0)-mediated RDRP
•Controlled polymerization of multivinyl monomers

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Yi Cai (Visiting student)

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Research Project
•Exosome derived from stem cells for wound healing

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Zhonglei He (Visiting student)

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Research Project
•Gene therapy
Intracellular interactions of gene delivery materials

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Carolin Ricker (Visiting student)

Carolin

 

Research Project
•Functionalisation of ECM-based biopolymers
•Wound healing

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Wenxin’s Group 2017 June

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Graduated Student

Dr. Yu Zheng (Graduated PhD)

Sofia Kivotidi

Sofia Kivotidi (Graduated PhD)

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Dr. Tianyu Zhao (Graduated PhD)

Dr. Hong Zhang (Graduated PhD)

Dr. Yixiao Dong (Graduated PhD)

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Dr. Lara Cutlar (Graduated PhD)

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Dr. Sean McMahon (Graduated PhD)

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Dr. Yongsheng Gao (Graduated PhD)

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Dr. Ligia Bre (Graduated PhD)

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Dr. Ming Zeng (Graduated PhD)

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Dr. Patrick Duffy (Graduated PhD)

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Dr. Fatma Alshehri (Graduated PhD)

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Waqar Hassan (Graduated PhD)

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Kennedy Robert (Graduated PhD)

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Jose Parente (Graduated PhD)

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(Former Postdoctoral)

Dr. Ahmed Aied (Graduated PhD)

Linru Guo (Graduated master)

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Yue Qin (Graduated master)

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Zhao Meng (Graduated master)

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Jack Creagh-Flynn

Jack Creagh-Flynn (Graduated master)

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Zehua Li (Graduated master)

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Haiyang yong

Haiyang Yong (Graduated master)

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Yongpeng Miao

Yongpeng Miao (Graduated master)

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Former Postdoctoral

Dr. Xuejun Hu (Former Postdoctoral)

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Dr. Udo Greiser (Former Postdoctoral)

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Dr. Aram Saeed (Former Postdoctoral)

Dr. Eva Murauer (Former Postdoctoral)

Dr. Hongliang Cao (Former Postdoctoral)

Dr. Wei Wang (Former Postdoctoral)

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Dr. Raili Koivuniemi (Former Postdoctoral)

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Dr. Artturi Koivuniemi (Former Postdoctoral)

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Former Visting

Dr. Jose-Ramon Sarasua (Former Visiting Professor)

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Xingang Li (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Rubén Martín (Former visiting PhD)

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Luwei Lu (Former visiting Master)

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Huda Alhamdan (Former visiting master)

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Sophia Franciscani Mendes (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Raphael Esteves Marinho (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Lars Krabbe (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Dubaa Marie (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Verena Böhmer (Former visiting master)

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Martin Karl (Former visiting master)

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Jianyuan Huang (Former visiting PhD)

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Xuan Wei (Former visiting master)

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Shuai Liu (Former visiting PhD)

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Caroline Delehedde (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Julien LeBoterff (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Marine Cognet (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Benedikt Kruse (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Denise Eustergerling (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Nicole Schmidt (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Gladys Ogeto (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Xiaoying Lee (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Nataliya Perera (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Maaike Schotman (Former visiting master)

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Katharina Wöss (Former visiting PhD)

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Sirong Li (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Luca Pierucci (Former visiting master)

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Yalu Zou (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Jem Vasquez (Former visiting PhD)

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Elisa Zattarin (Former visiting master)

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Manon Venet (Former visiting master)

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Peiyao Xue (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Meng Wang (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Ilaria Belfiore (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Hind Eddahani (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Ting Chien Cham (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Sing Wei Ng (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Brian Le Moal (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Peter McMicheal (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Lucas Fournet-Fayard (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Sergio Esteban Perez (Former visiting PhD)

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Xiaobei Huang (Former visiting PhD)

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Yuetao Li (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Yuanning Lyu (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Jennifer Lynch (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Julia Malone (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Jake Daly

Jake Daly (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Grainne Geoghegan

Grainne Geoghegan (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Ziyue Wang

Ziyue Wang (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Sebastian Determann

Sebastian Determann (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Frederik Wassenberg

Frederik Wassenberg (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Magali Hita

Magali Hita (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Krutika Singh

Krutika Singh (Former visiting master)

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Yann Bordelanne

Yann Bordelanne (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Marie Laurencon

Marie Laurencon (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Isabel Orlando

Isabel Orlando (Former visiting PhD)

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Subha Purkayastha

Subha Purkayastha (Former visiting PhD)

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Elena Marcello

Elena Marcello (Former visiting PhD)

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José Javier López Cano

José Javier López Cano (Former visiting PhD)

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Yao Wang

Yao Wang (Former visiting PhD)

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Anne-Sophie Gatelet

Anne-Sophie Gatelet (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Sosthène d'Hauthuille

Sosthène d'Hauthuille (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Pierre Albert

Pierre Albert (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Holly Doyle

Holly Doyle (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Andreia Ascenso

Andreia Ascenso (Former Visiting Professor)

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Chloe Pritchard

Chloe Pritchard (Former visiting undergraduate)

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Lunhao Chen

Lunhao Chen (Former Visiting PhD)

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