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Daewon Park, PhD

Assistant Professor - Bioengineering

Daewon Park

Contact Information

Office: Research 1 North - Room 4118
Telephone: 303-724-6947
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Research Focus

Biomaterials; Drug Delivery; Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

My research interests lie in creating polymeric biomaterials with multi-functionalities. The highly translational technology, particularly biomaterials, greatly improves the bioengineering field and generates significant clinical impact. The main goal is the design, synthesis, and characterization of new biomaterials for establishing a platform of biomaterials with high potential for applications to drug delivery, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine. For successful strategy, my lab endeavors to create biomaterials which meet the key requirements such as harmonization with the host cell environment and creation of a growth-permissive environment by the use of primary cells, stable cell line, and animal models.

Translational Biomaterials Research Laboratory​

  • Smart hybrid nano-biomaterials for imaging, targeting, and controlled release using ultrasound for cancer treatment which combines ultrasound and nanotechnology for better imaging, targeting and controlled release of an anticancer drug.
  • Biomimetic injectable biomaterials for nerve regenerations which mimics host cell derived regenerative process of nerves. The biomimetic materials are designed to provide a permissive environment for the survival of host cells and regeneration of nerves.
  • Novel bioactive polymers for functional recovery after spinal cord injury which creates a series of block copolymers whose bioactivity and physicochemical properties are easily modulated. Since we design biomolecular blocks with neurite outgrowth promoting peptides, these new materials provide an excellent environment for the functional recovery from spinal cord injury.
  1. A functionalizable reverse thermal gel based on a polyurethane/PEG block copolymer. Park D, Wu W, Wang Y. Biomaterials. 2011 Jan;32(3):777-86.
  2. Amphiphilic surface active triblock copolymers with mixed hydrophobic and hydrophilic side chains for tuned marine fouling-release properties. Park D, Weinman CJ, Finlay JA, Fletcher BR, Paik MY, Sundaram HS, Dimitriou MD, Sohn KE, Callow ME, Callow JA, Handlin DL, Willis CL, Fischer DA, Kramer EJ, Ober CK. Langmuir. 2010 Jun 15;26(12):9772-81.
  3. Antimicrobial behavior of semifluorinated-quaternized triblock copolymers against airborne and marine microorganisms. Park D, Finlay JA, Ward RJ, Weinman CJ, Krishnan S, Paik M, Sohn KE, Callow ME, Callow JA, Handlin DL, Willis CL, Fischer DA, Angert ER, Kramer EJ, Ober CK. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2010 Mar;2(3):703-11.
  4. ABC triblock surface active block copolymer with grafted ethoxylated fluoroalkyl amphiphilic side chains for marine antifouling/fouling-release applications. Weinman CJ, Finlay JA, Park D, Paik MY, Krishnan S, Sundaram HS, Dimitriou M, Sohn KE, Callow ME, Callow JA, Handlin DL, Willis CL, Kramer EJ, Ober CK. Langmuir. 2009 Oct 20;25(20):12266-74.
  5. One-step, painting-like coating procedures to make surfaces highly and permanently bactericidal. Park D, Wang J, Klibanov AM.

  • University of Pittsburgh and Georgia Institute of Technology. Post-Doctoral Fellow. 2008-2011. ​Bioengineering.
  • Cornell University. Post-Doctoral Associate. 2005-2008. Materials Science and Engineering.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Post-Doctoral Fellow. 2004-2005. Chemistry.
  • Yonsei University. Research Assistant Professor. 2003-2004. Chemical Engineering.
  • Yonsei University. PhD. 2003. Chemical Engineering.
  • Myongji University. MS. 1997. Chemical Engineering.
  • Myongji University. BS. 1995. Chemical Engineering.