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Jianjun Guan, PhD

Jianjun Guan, PhD,
Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
The Ohio State University
Phone: (614) 292-9743
Email: guan.21@osu.edu











The main focus of Dr. Guan’s laboratory is cardiovascular tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The projects are spanned from synthesis and fabrication of functional biomaterials; controlled delivery of growth factor, gene and antibody; generation of oxygen release system; engineering microenvironments to control stem cell survival, proliferation and differentiation under tissue-specific conditions; use of minimally invasive surgery approach to deliver stem cell and injectable biomaterials into heart for heart tissue regeneration; to development of cardiac patch for heart tissue regeneration. These interdisciplinary projects are conducted by collaboration with researchers from chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, biomedical engineering, and surgery.
Team Members
Zhenqing Li, PhD candidate
Xiaolei Guo, PhD candidate
Yanyi Xu, PhD student
Wilson Lo, Research Assistant
Travis Busbee, Undergraduate student
James Bush, Undergraduate student
Min Zhang, Undergraduate student
Mary Border, Undergraduate student
Sean McCutcheon, Undergraduate student
Research Interests
Functional and bioactive biomaterials synthesis
Biomimetic scaffold fabrication
Smart polymers for protein, gene and antibody delivery
Microenvironments to control stem cell fate
Stem cell based cardiomyoplasty by minimally invasive surgery
Cardiac patch for heart tissue regeneration 
Selected Publications 
Ralf Gaebel,* Nan Ma,* Jun Liu,* Jianjun Guan,* Lothar Koch, Christian Klopsch, Martin Gruene, Anita Toelk, Weiwei Wang, Peter Mark, Feng Wang, Boris Chichkov, Wenzhong Li, Gustav Steinhoff. Patterning human stem cells and endothelial cells with laser printing for cardiac regeneration. Biomaterials. 2011; 32(35):9218-30 (* equal contribution).

Christopher G. Elliott, Jian Wang, Xiaolei Guo, Shiwen Xu, Mark Eastwood, Jianjun Guan, Andrew C. Leask, Simon J. Conway, Douglas Hamilton. Periostin modulates myofibroblast differentiation during full thickness cutaneous wound repair. Journal of Cell Science. 2011 (accepted).

Jianjun Guan*, Feng Wang, Zhenqing Li, Joseph Chen, Xiaolei Guo, Jun Liao, Nicanor I. Moldovan. The stimulation of cardiac differentiation of mesenchymal stem cell in tissue constructs mimicking myocardium structure and biomechanics. Biomaterials, 2011, 32(24):5568-80.

Zhenqing Li, Jianjun Guan*. Thermosensitive hydrogels for drug delivery. Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery, 2011, 8(8):1-17.

Zhenqing Li, Xiaolei Guo, Satoshi Matsushita, Jianjun Guan*. Differentiation of cardiosphere-derived cells into a mature cardiac lineage using biodegradable poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogels. Biomaterials, 2011, 32(12):3220-32.

Feng Wang, Jianjun Guan*. Stem cell based cardiac tissue engineering. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews,   2010, 62(7-8):784-797.

Feng Wang, Zhenqing Li, Mahmood Khan, Kenichi Tamama, Periannan Kuppusamy, William R. Wagner, Chandan K. Sen, Jianjun Guan*. Injectable, Rapid Gelling and Highly Flexible Hydrogel Composites as Insulin-like Growth Factor and Mesenchymal Stem Cell Carriers. Acta Biomaterialia, 2010, 6(6):1978-1991.

Zhenqing Li, Feng Wang, Sashiwati Roy, Chandan Sen, Jianjun Guan*. Injectable and thermosensitive hydrogel capable of delivering superoxide dismutase. Biomacromolecules, 10(12):3306, 2009.

Feng Wang, Zhenqing Li, Kenichi Tamama, Chandan K. Sen, Jianjun Guan*. Fabrication and characterization of prosurvival growth factor releasing, anisotropic scaffolds for enhanced mesenchymal stem cell survival/growth and orientation. Biomacromolecules, 10(9):2609, 2009.

Feng Wang, Zhenqing Li, John Lannutti, William R. Wagner, Jianjun Guan*. Synthesis, characterization and surface modification of low moduli polyurethanes for soft tissue engineering. Acta Biomaterialia, 5(8):2901, 2009.