Dr. Dongeun (Dan) Huh is Assistant Professor and Wilf Family Term Endowed Chair in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on developing microengineered models of human anatomy and physiology for a wide range of biomedical applications.
Dr Huh received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2000 from Seoul National University. He was conferred with two Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan in Biomedical Engineering (2001) and Mechanical Engineering (2002) and was awarded his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, also from the University of Michigan, in 2007. Dr Huh then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School in the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, where he helped to pioneer the Lung-on-a-Chip device.
Dr Huh’s laboratory in the University of Pennsylvania aims to develop innovative bioengineering tools and technologies using biologically inspired design principles and micro/nanoengineering approaches to improve human health and promote environmental sustainability. His research focuses primarily on developing i) microengineered biomimetic models of human organs (organs-on-chips), ii) self-assembled tissue/organ scaffolds, iii) cell-based self-regulating “smart” biomedical devices, and iv) efficient biomimetic transport systems. His group explore the use of these bioinspired engineering systems for a variety of biomedical, pharmaceutical, and environmental applications.
Dr. Huh’s research has gained international recognition through numerous prestigious awards and honors including the 2011 American Thoracic Society Scientific Breakthrough of the Year, the 2012 Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening SLAS Innovation Award, and the 2014 National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award. In 2015 he was a TEDx Fellow. This year Dr Huh was awarded the Analytical Chemistry 2016 Young Innovator Award, sponsored by Analytical Chemistry and the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society, which recognizes the contributions of an individual who has demonstrated exceptional technical advancement and innovation in the field of micro- or nanofluidics in their early career.
In 2015, the lung-on-a-chip was crowned “Design of the Year” by London’s Design Museum. In March of that year New York’s Museum of Modern Art acquired a prototype for its permanent collection.
Dr. Huh will present this year’s John J Ryan Distinguished Lecture at Research Day.