Dr. Susan Xiuzhi Sun

Department: Grain Science & Industry
Departmental Website
feature story in 2016 Conquest magazine

Our research focuses on developing functional biomaterials that can be used as scaffolds for 3-dimensional (3-D) cell growth, either for engineering tissue or screening potential new cancer drugs. In the past, two-dimensional scaffolds have been used for growing cells for screening (before advancing to animal testing). Three-dimensional drug screening is more efficient and predictive, but there is a lack of biomaterials that can be fabricated into scaffolds for 3-D cell growth. Advanced technology for such novel biomaterials would accelerate cancer drug discovery.