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
- Email Address: email@example.com
- Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin, 1996
Research InterestsBiomaterials, 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.
- BME 221L: Biomaterials
- EGR 790: Special Topics in Engineering
In the News
- A Milestone Toward Cancer Therapy Without Chemotherapy and Surgery (Aug 28, 201…
- Three Duke Researchers Named To National Academy Of Inventors (Dec 12, 2016)
- Jennifer West, Two Others Elected to National Academy of Engineering (Feb 8, 20…
- Chemotherapeutic Coatings Enhance Tumor-Frying Nanoparticles (Jul 13, 2015)
- Pratt's Jennifer West Wins 2015 Clemson Award (Apr 8, 2015)
- Dual Contrast Agent to Light Up Arterial Health Risks (Jul 11, 2014)
- Faculty Council Reboots Campus Conversation on Diversity (Jan 20, 2014)
- Katz, Rachel R., and Jennifer L. West. “Tunable PEG Hydrogels for Discerning Differential Tumor Cell Response to Biomechanical Cues.” Advanced Biology 6, no. 12 (December 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.