Dr. Wan received his BS and MS in chemistry from Wuhan University, Wuhan, China; and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Boston University. Prior to his appointment at RIT, Dr. Wan worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University from 2006 to 2009 and moved to Princeton University in 2009 as a Research Associate. His research interests include microﬂuidics, functional materials, cellular signaling dynamics, and photo-induced charge transfer phenomenon.
Dr. Wan has published ~ 30 peer reviewed journal papers including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), Advanced Materials, Integrative Biology, Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), Lab on a Chip, and Langmuir. Dr. Wan has given presentations at national meetings such as ACS, APS, and AIChE and been invited to give talks at the University of Rochester, Harvard University, and the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Dr. Wan is an editorial board member of the Central European Journal of Engineering, International Journal of Materials and Chemistry, Chemical Rapid Communication, and Soft. Dr. Wan also serves as a reviewer for a variety of journals including Advanced Functional Materials, Analyst, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, Biomicrofluidics, Chemical Communications, Electrophoresis, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Journal of Visualized Experiments, Lab on Chip, Langmuir, Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Nanoscale, Small, Soft Matter, and etc.
The objectives of our research are 1) to explore interesting behaviors of complex fluids at the microscale, aiming at the understanding of fundamental scientific questions and the development of novel materials and/or devices for biomedical and green-energy applications; 2) to investigate signaling dynamics of cells including red blood cells, human colon cancer cells (HCT 116), and intestinal stem cells with externally applied physical and/or chemical stimuli; we focus on the construction of well-defined microenvironment and the understanding of cellular responsive mechanisms at the molecular level. The main technical approaches in our lab include microfluidics (micro/nano fabrication, emulsions, and microencapsulation), chemical synthesis (polymer chemistry and photochemistry) and cellular imaging using fluorescence microscopes (calcium imaging and ATP measurement). Our mission is to combine the strength of microfluidics with chemistry and biology to develop the next-generation devices and/or materials for improved biomedical therapeutics and clean energy production.