Dean Ho (biomedical engineer)

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Dean Ho is a Professor in the Division of Oral Biology and Medicine and Division of Advanced Prosthodontics, Biomaterials, and Hospital Dentistry, as well as Co-Director of the Jane and Jerry Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology at the UCLA School of Dentistry. He has been an Associate Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Full Member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University, Illinois, United States, where he directs the Laboratory for Nanoscale Biotic-Abiotic Systems Engineering (N-BASE).


Dr. Ho's research has covered emerging areas of nanomedicine and nanodiamond-based drug delivery. Dr. Ho and his colleagues were the first to develop nanodiamond platforms for cancer therapy and wound healing, among other areas. Dr. Ho and colleagues were the first to demonstrate the translational potential of nanodiamonds as chemotherapeutic delivery agents, specifically towards the treatment of drug-resistant cancers in vivo. This work was published as the Cover Article of the March 9 issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers in the areas of nanomedicine, drug delivery, and nanomaterials.

Dr. Ho is investigating the fabrication of multifunctional nanodiamond-based technologies for drug delivery, glucocorticoid-functionalized materials as anti-inflammatory coatings to enhance implant bio-compatibility, as well as localized and targeted chemotherapy using novel nanomaterial devices. Dr. Ho's extensive research achievements have garnered news coverage in Nature,,,, MICRO/NANO, as well as BBC Radio. Dr. Ho is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Laboratory Automation, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Nanotechnology Law and Business and a member of Sigma Xi. Dr. Ho is also a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Translational Research Award, V Foundation for Cancer Research V Scholar Award, John G. Bollinger Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineering Award of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science Distinguished Young Alumnus Award.

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