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Chan B.P.

Professor, Associate Dean (Graduate School)


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Prof. Barbara Chan is currently a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering programme, and an Associate Dean in the Graduate School, of the University of Hong Kong. She obtained her Bachelor degree in Biochemistry and PhD degree in Surgical Science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Postdoctoral experience in Laser Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in USA. She joined the University of Hong Kong in 2003 and has been a key member of the Biomedical Engineering programme. Barbara has over 25 years of multidisciplinary research experience in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. She has established the Tissue Engineering Laboratory with the vision to improve the quality of life in patients through bioengineering biomaterials- and stem cell-based tissues for personalized therapies. Her research interests include complex tissue engineering for musculoskeletal system, natural biomaterials, stem cells, complex organoids and tumoroids, mechano-regulation, multiphoton microfabrication and micropatterning, cell niche engineering and laser medicine. Prof. Chan has obtained her professional membership (Biomedical Engineering) and the status of Chartered Engineer and Chartered Scientist at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IMMM) since 2015. She has also been a registered authorized person for advanced therapeutic products (ATPs) in Hong Kong since 2020. On her professional service to the research community, Prof. Chan has been serving as an Associate Editor for Biomaterials. She has also served in multiple grant review panels of international funding agencies.

Research Areas

Photochemical crosslinking
Cell microencapsulation
Micropipette and microplate-based technologies
Microsphere-based drug delivery
3D culture systems
Tissue engineering applicatio

Research Projects


Selection of five most representative publications in recent five years:

1. LiYY, Lam   KL, Chen A, Zhang W, Chan BP. Collagen microencapsulation   recapitulates mesenchymal condensation and potentiates   chondrogenesis of human mesenchymal stem cells - A matrix-driven in   vitro model of early skeletogenesis. Biomaterials. 2019;   213:119210.

2. Yeung P, Zhang W, Wang XN, Yan CH, Chan BP. A human osteoarthritis osteochondral organ   culture model for cartilage tissue engineering. Biomaterials. 2018;   162:1-21.

3. Zhang W, Kong M, Tong MH, Huang N, Costa K, Li R,   Chan BP. Maturation of human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes   (hESC-CMs) in 3D collagen matrix: Effects of niche cell supplementation and   mechanical stimulation. Acta Biomater 2017 Feb;49:204-217. doi:   10.1016/j.actbio.2016.11.058.

4. Ma JN, Li CW, Huang N, Wang XN, Tong MH. Ngan   AHW, Chan BP. Multiphoton fabrication of fibronectin-functionalized protein   micropatterns – Stiffness-induced maturation of cell-matrix adhesions in   human mesenchymal stem cells. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2017  doi:   10.1021/acsami.7b07064.

5. Ho FC, Zhang W, Li YY, Chan BP.   Mechanoresponsive, omni-directional and local matrix-degrading actin   protrusions in human mesenchymal stem cells microencapsulated in a 3D   collagen matrix. Biomaterials (2015) 53: 392-405.

Selection   of five representative publications beyond the recent five-year period:

1. BP Chan, JN Ma, JY Xu, CW Li, JP Cheng, SH Cheng.   Femto-second laser-based free writing of 3D protein microstructures and   micropatterns with sub-micron features - A study on voxels, porosity and   cytocompatibility. Adv. Funct. Mater., (2014) 24(3): 277-294. (Frontispiece   story)

2. Li YY, Choy TH, Ho FC, Chan BP. Scaffold   composition affects cytoskeleton organization, cell-matrix interaction and   the cellular fate of human mesenchymal stem cells upon chondrogenic   differentiation. Biomaterials (2015) 52: 208-220.

3. Cheng HW, Luk K, Cheung KMC, Chan BP. In vitro   generation of osteochondral interface from mesenchymal stem cell-collagen   microspheres. (2011) Biomaterials 32: 1526-1535.

4. Hui TY, Cheung KMC, Cheung WL, Chan D, Chan BP.   In vitro chondrogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells in   collagen microspheres: Influence of cell seeding density and collagen   concentration. Biomaterials (2008) 29: 3201.

5. Chan BP, Hui   TY, Yeung CW, Li J, Mo I, Chan GCF. Self-assembled collagen–human mesenchymal   stem cell microspheres for regenerative medicine. Biomaterials 28 (2007)   4652–4666.

Selection of patents (issued / filed)

1. Chan BP, Wong HL, Wong MY, Chan GCF, Yang ZF. Methods to Enhance Mesenchymal Stem Cell Migration. US Regular Patent Application (Published on 14 Jun 2012) (Application No. 13/159,835)

2. Chan BP, Chik TK, Choy ATH, Ma XY, Cheung KMC. Materials and Methods for Filling Biological Cavities and Preventing Leakage of Injected Therapeutic Agents. US Regular Patent (filed on 13 Jun 2013) (Application No. 13/916,982)

3. Chan BP, Cheng HW, Chik TKD, Cheung KMC, Luk KDK. Methods for Complex Tissue Engineering. US Regular Patent Application (filed on 14 June 2011) (Application No. 13/159,837)

4. Chan BP, GCF Chan, Wong HL, Cheung PT, Cheah K, Chan D. Cell-Matrix Microsphere, Associated Products, Methods for Preparation and Applications. PCT Patent Application (Chinese Patent No. 200780018296.8) (Issued on 2 Sep 2013)

5. Chan BP, Chan CM, So KF. Collagen-Based Microspheres and Methods for Preparation and Use. US Regular Patent 20080317866 (filed on 2 Jul 2008) (Published on 25 Dec 2008) US Patent No. 7,931,918 (issued on 26 April 2011)

6. Chan BP, So KF. Photochemically crosslinked collagen scaffolds and methods for their preparation. U.S. Patent 7,393,437 (2008)

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