Jennifer L West

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Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering

Jennifer West’s research in biomaterials and tissue engineering involves the synthesis, development, and application of novel, biofunctional materials, and the use of biomaterials and engineering approaches to study biological problems. Current projects include the design of ECM-mimetic hydrogel materials, novel microfabrication strategies for biomimetic patterning, and nanoparticle theranostics.

Appointments and Affiliations
  • Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering
  • Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Professor of Cell Biology
  • Professor in the Department of Chemistry
  • Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
  • Associate Dean for Ph.D. Education
Contact Information:
Education:

  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 1996

Research Interests:

West's research in biomaterials, nanotechnology and tissue engineering involves the synthesis, development, and application of novel biofunctional materials, and the use of biomaterials and engineering approaches to study biological problems.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • Clemson Award. Society for Biomaterials. 2015
  • Clemson Award. Society for Biomaterials. 2015
  • Admiral of the Texas Navy. Governor of Texas. 2012
  • Best Discovery of 2003. Nanotechnology Now. 2012
  • BioHouston's 2009 Women in Science Award. Unknown. 2012
  • CAREER Award. National Science Foundation. 2012
  • Duncan Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Rice University. 2012
  • Excellence in Research Mentorship Award. Rice University. 2012
  • Fellow. American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. 2012
  • Fellow. Biomedical Engineering Society. 2012
  • Frank Annunzio Award. Christopher Columbus Foundation. 2012
  • HSEMB Oustanding Young Scientist Award. Unknown. 2012
  • Hershel M. Rich Invention Award. Rice University. 2012
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. Unknown. 2012
  • Inventor of the Year Award. State Bar of Texas. 2012
  • J. M. Chance Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Rice University. 2012
  • Most Cited Paper. Annual of Biomedical Engineering. 2012
  • Most Highly Cited Papers. NanoLetters. 2012
  • Nanotechnology Researchers of the Year. Small Times Magazine. 2012
  • O'Donnell Award in Engineering. The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. 2012
  • Outstanding Faculty Associate. Weiss College, Rice University. 2012
  • Outstanding Research in Drug Delivery Award. Cygnus-CRS. 2012
  • Outstanding Younger Investigator Award. Society for Biomaterials. 2012
  • Parke-Davis Atorvastatin Research Award. Unknown. 2012
  • Quantum Award. National Institute of Health, NIBIB. 2012
  • Samuel Lunden Scholarship. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 2012
  • Secretariat Lecturer. American Chemical Society. 2012
  • Tech Review TR 100 Most Innovative Young Scientists. MIT Technology Review. 2012
  • University Fellow. University of Texas. 2012
  • Fellows. American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. 2005
  • Young Investigator Award. Society for Biomaterials. 2000

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    Representative Publications: (More Publications)
      • Peters, EB; Liu, B; Christoforou, N; West, JL; Truskey, GA, Erratum to: Umbilical Cord Blood-Derived Mononuclear Cells Exhibit Pericyte-Like Phenotype and Support Network Formation of Endothelial Progenitor Cells In Vitro., Annals of Biomedical Engineering, vol 43 no. 8 (2015) [10.1007/s10439-015-1321-8] [abs].
      • Slater, JH; Culver, JC; Long, BL; Hu, CW; Hu, J; Birk, TF; Qutub, AA; Dickinson, ME; West, JL, Recapitulation and Modulation of the Cellular Architecture of a User-Chosen Cell of Interest Using Cell-Derived, Biomimetic Patterning., ACS Nano, vol 9 no. 6 (2015), pp. 6128-6138 [10.1021/acsnano.5b01366] [abs].
      • Schweller, RM; West, JL, Encoding Hydrogel Mechanics via Network Cross-Linking Structure., vol 1 no. 5 (2015), pp. 335-344 [10.1021/acsbiomaterials.5b00064] [abs].
      • Strong, LE; West, JL, Optically modulated cancer therapeutic delivery: past, present and future., Therapeutic delivery, vol 6 no. 5 (2015), pp. 147-160 [10.4155/tde.15.17] [abs].
      • Syed, SH; Coughlin, AJ; Garcia, MD; Wang, S; West, JL; Larin, KV; Larina, IV, Optical coherence tomography guided microinjections in live mouse embryos: high-resolution targeted manipulation for mouse embryonic research., Journal of Biomedical Optics, vol 20 no. 5 (2015) [10.1117/1.jbo.20.5.051020] [abs].