Yupeng Chen

Associate Professor

Biomedical Engineering


Ph.D. (Nanomaterials and Nanomedicine) Brown University
MS (Biomedical Engineering) Brown University
BS (Chemistry) Fudan University


Professor Yupeng Chen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and chemistry at Brown University. Prof. Chen has a long-term interest in designing and developing DNA-inspired Janus base nanomaterials (JBNs) for biomedical applications. His work has published as a series of high-impact papers, and US and international patents which have been successfully licensed to industry. Prof. Chen serves as the Principal Investigator of many competitive research grants from NIH, NSF and DOD. He is an awardee of the Grand Prize (top one among 545 worldwide candidates) of New Investigator Recognition Award in Orthopaedic Research Society in 2013, and the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from National Science Foundation (one of the most prestige awards for young faculty). Most recently, Dr. Chen’s tissue engineering technology was selected to be used on the International Space Station to overcome the impact of microgravity in space.

Classes taught by Professor Yupeng Chen

BME 3420/6086, Stem Cells for Regenerative Medicine
BME 3900, Junior Design
BME 4170/6170, Nanomedicine: From Concepts to Applications

BME 4910W, Biomedical Engineering Design


  • New Investigator Recognition Award (NIRA), Orthopaedic Research Society, San Antonio, 2013. (The top-one prize winner among 10 awardees selected from 40 finalists out of 545 applicants all over the world.)
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation, 2017.
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