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Ke Cheng

BPC Office #3
NC State University
(919) 513-6157,,,

Research Areas:
  • Pharmacoengineering
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Ph.D. Biological Engineering, University of Georgia
  • B.S. Pharmaceutical Engineering, Zhejiang University


“Think and Do the Extraordinary for Human and Animal Health”

Dr. Ke Cheng is the Randall B. Terry, Jr. Distinguished Professor in Regenerative Medicine in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at NC State University and in the UNC/NCSU joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. He is an adjunct professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Ke also serves as the co-director of the functional tissue engineering program at the Comparative Medicine Institute. Dr. Cheng’s formal education began with a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Engineering from Zhejiang University, followed by a Ph.D. degree in Biological Engineering from the University of Georgia and post-graduate training/junior faculty experiences at UCLA School of Medicine and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Cheng’s research results have been summarized in publications in journals like Lancet, Nature BME, Nature Comms, Science Advances, J of Clinical Investigation, Circulation, Circulation Research, Biomaterials etc. His work has been directly translated into two awarded investigation new drug applications (IND) and licensed to several biotech companies. Dr. Cheng is the Associate Editor of J Cell Mol Med and an editorial board member of Circulation Research. He is a Fellow of AIBME and AHA. He is also a chartered member of the NIH BMBI Study Section (2019-2023).

Research Interests

Stem Cell Theory
Biomaterials, nanomedicines, and stem cells for cardiovascular and pulmonary regeneration
Exosomes and micro-RNAs


Endowed Professorship 2019
Fellow of AIMBE 2019
Fellow of AHA 2018
Daugherty Endowment for Faculty Innovation 2017
University Faculty Scholar 2016
NC State Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program 2013

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