Mei Wei

Mei Wei
School of Engineering Centennial Term Professor
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
Ph.D., University of New South Wales (1998), Australia

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
97 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office: IMS 109
Phone: 860.486.9253 and 860.486.5003
Email:  Web:


Current Research

  • Fabrication of novel tissue engineering scaffolds for bone and osteochondral repair
  • Biomimetic apatite and apatite/collagen coatings for bone repair and drug delivery: In vitro and in vivo tests
  • Establishment of in vivo time-lapsed imaging platform for in situ visualization of cell-scaffold interplay during new bone formation and remodeling
  • Dense apatite-polymer fiber absorbable composites for medium- and high-load bearing skeletal repair applications


Awards & Honors

2018 School of Engineering Centennial Term Professor
2017 Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
2015 INSIGHT Into Diversity 2015, Inspiring Women in STEM Award
2013 Elected as a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE)
2007 Women of Innovation Award
2007 Professional Excellence Awards, Educator of the Year, UConn
2005 Outstanding Department Member, Dept. of Materials Science and Eng., UConn
2004 KC Wong Research Fellowship of Chinese Academy of Sciences
1998-1999 Postdoc Fellowship of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
1999 Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (ARC, not taken up as the offer received after the commence of the fellowship in Japan)

Recent Publications

H Ye, Z Shen, L Yu, M Wei, Y Li. Anomalous vascular dynamics of nanoworms within blood flow. ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, 4, 66-77, 2018.

H Ye, Z Shen, L Yu, M Wei, Y Li. Manipulating nanoparticle transport within blood flow through external forces: An exemplar of mechanics in nanomedicine. Proceedings of the Royal Society: A, 474(2211):20170845, 2018 (Invited Review).

L Yu, I Martin, R Kasi, M Wei. Enhanced intrafibrillar mineralization of collagen fibrils induced by brush-like polymers, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 10, 28440-28449, 2018.

C Hu, Le Yu, M Wei. Sectioning studies of biomimetic collagen-hydroxyapatite coatings on Ti-6Al-4V substrates using focused ion beam. Applied Surface Science, 444C, 590-597, 2018.

B Heimbach, D Zhang, M Wei.  Fabrication of nanohydroxyapatite and silk fiber reinforced composite for improved modulus. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, accepted.

M Zilm, L Yu, B Hines, M Wei. Preparation and characterization of magnetic hydroxyapatite powders. Materials Science and Engineering C, 87, 112-119, 2018.

D Clearfield, X Xin, D Rowe, S Yadav, M Wei. In vitro and in vivo evaluation of osteochondral differentiation on zonal biomaterials via observation of fluorescent multi-reporter cells. Tissue Engineering A, doi: 10.1089/ten.TEA.2018.0135. [Epub ahead of print], 2018.

B Heimbach, K Grassie, MT Shaw, JR Olson, M Wei. Effect of hydroxyapatite nanorod volume fraction on the mechanical properties of high modulus biodegradable bone fixation devices. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part B, 105, 1963-1971, 2017.

C Hu, M Aindow, M Wei. Focused ion beam sectioning studies of biomimetic hydroxyapatite coatings on Ti-6Al-4V substrates. Surface and Coatings Technology, 313, 255-262, 2017.

ST Bendtsen, M Wei. Development of an alginate-hydroxyapatite hydrogel for 3D bioprinting bone tissue engineered scaffolds. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A, 105, 1457-68, 2017.

C Hu, M Wei. Biomimetic intrafibrillar silicification of collagen fibrils through a one-step collagen self-assembly/silicification approach. RSC Advances, 7, 34624-32, 2017.

ST Bendtsen, M Wei. In vitro evaluation of 3D bioprinted tri-polymer network scaffolds for bone tissue regeneration. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Part A, 105, 3262-72, 2017.

D Clearfield, A Nguyen, M Wei. Biomimetic scaffolds mimicking the zonal architecture and composition of cartilage and osteochondral tissue through freeze casting routes. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A, 106, 948-958, 2017.


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