Jennifer L West

Fitzpatrick Family University Distinguished Professor of Engineering

Jennifer West’s research in biomaterials and tissue engineering involves the synthesis, development, and application of novel, biofunctional materials, and the use of biomaterials and engineering approaches to study biological problems. Current projects include the design of ECM-mimetic hydrogel materials, novel microfabrication strategies for biomimetic patterning, and nanoparticle theranostics.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Fitzpatrick Family University Distinguished Professor of Engineering
  • Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Adjunct Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Professor of Chemistry
  • Affiliate of the Duke Regeneration Center

Contact Information

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin, 1996

Research Interests

Biomaterials, nanotechnology and tissue engineering that involves the synthesis, development, and application of novel biofunctional materials, and the use of biomaterials and engineering approaches to study biological problems.

Courses Taught

  • BME 221L: Biomaterials
  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 590: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
  • EGR 101L: Engineering Design and Communication
  • EGR 790: Special Topics in Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Katz, Rachel R., and Jennifer L. West. “Tunable PEG Hydrogels for Discerning Differential Tumor Cell Response to Biomechanical Cues.” Advanced Biology, August 2022, e2200084. https://doi.org/10.1002/adbi.202200084.
  • Katz, Rachel R., and Jennifer L. West. “Reductionist Three-Dimensional Tumor Microenvironment Models in Synthetic Hydrogels.” Cancers 14, no. 5 (February 2022): 1225. https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers14051225.
  • Chapla, Rachel, Joshua A. Hammer, and Jennifer L. West. “Adding Dynamic Biomolecule Signaling to Hydrogel Systems via Tethered Photolabile Cell-Adhesive Proteins.” Acs Biomaterials Science & Engineering 8, no. 1 (January 2022): 208–17. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsbiomaterials.1c01181.
  • Abar, Bijan, Alejandro Alonso-Calleja, Alexander Kelly, Cambre Kelly, Ken Gall, and Jennifer L. West. “3D printing of high-strength, porous, elastomeric structures to promote tissue integration of implants.” Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A 109, no. 1 (January 2021): 54–63. https://doi.org/10.1002/jbm.a.37006.
  • Chapla, R., and J. L. West. “Hydrogel biomaterials to support and guide vascularization.” Progress in Biomedical Engineering 3, no. 1 (December 21, 2020). https://doi.org/10.1088/2516-1091/abc947.