Jennifer L West

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Fitzpatrick Family University 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 Professor of Engineering
  • Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Professor of Cell Biology
  • Professor of Chemistry
  • Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
  • Affiliate of the Regeneration Next Initiative
  • Associate Dean for Ph.D. Education

Contact Information:


  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 1996

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • National Academy of Inventors. National Academy of Inventors. 2017
  • President's Circle Lecturer. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. 2017
  • Capers and Marion McDonald Teaching and Research Award. Pratt School of Engineering. 2016
  • National Academy of Engineering. National Academy of Engineering. 2016
  • Clemson Award. Society for Biomaterials. 2015
  • Clemson Award. Society for Biomaterials. 2015
  • ACS Editors' Choice Manuscript. ACS Journals. 2015
  • Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science. Thomson Reuters. 2014
  • Admiral of the Texas Navy. Governor of Texas. 2012
  • Best Discovery of 2003. Nanotechnology Now. 2012
  • BioHouston's 2009 Women in Science Award. Unknown. 2012
  • CAREER Award. National Science Foundation. 2012
  • Duncan Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Rice University. 2012
  • Excellence in Research Mentorship Award. Rice University. 2012
  • Fellow. American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. 2012
  • Fellow. Biomedical Engineering Society. 2012
  • Frank Annunzio Award. Christopher Columbus Foundation. 2012
  • HSEMB Oustanding Young Scientist Award. Unknown. 2012
  • Hershel M. Rich Invention Award. Rice University. 2012
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. Unknown. 2012
  • Inventor of the Year Award. State Bar of Texas. 2012
  • J. M. Chance Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Rice University. 2012
  • Most Cited Paper. Annual of Biomedical Engineering. 2012
  • Most Highly Cited Papers. NanoLetters. 2012
  • Nanotechnology Researchers of the Year. Small Times Magazine. 2012
  • O'Donnell Award in Engineering. The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. 2012
  • Outstanding Faculty Associate. Weiss College, Rice University. 2012
  • Outstanding Research in Drug Delivery Award. Cygnus-CRS. 2012
  • Outstanding Younger Investigator Award. Society for Biomaterials. 2012
  • Parke-Davis Atorvastatin Research Award. Unknown. 2012
  • Quantum Award. National Institute of Health, NIBIB. 2012
  • Samuel Lunden Scholarship. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 2012
  • Secretariat Lecturer. American Chemical Society. 2012
  • Tech Review TR 100 Most Innovative Young Scientists. MIT Technology Review. 2012
  • University Fellow. University of Texas. 2012
  • Fellows. American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. 2005
  • Young Investigator Award. Society for Biomaterials. 2000

Courses Taught:

  • BME 394: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 525: Biomedical Materials and Artificial Organs (GE, BB)
  • BME 590: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
  • BME 792: Graduate Independent Study
  • BME 899: Special Readings in Biomedical Engineering
  • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
  • EGR 790: Special Topics in Engineering
  • ME 518: Biomedical Materials and Artificial Organs (GE, BB)
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Representative Publications:

  • Schweller, RM; Wu, ZJ; Klitzman, B; West, JL, Stiffness of Protease Sensitive and Cell Adhesive PEG Hydrogels Promotes Neovascularization In Vivo., Annals of Biomedical Engineering (2017) [10.1007/s10439-017-1822-8] [abs].
  • Alvarez-Urena, P; Davis, E; Sonnet, C; Henslee, G; Gugala, Z; Strecker, EV; Linscheid, LJ; Cuchiara, M; West, J; Davis, A; Olmsted-Davis, E, Encapsulation of Adenovirus BMP2-Transduced Cells with PEGDA Hydrogels Allows Bone Formation in the Presence of Immune Response., Tissue Engineering, Part A, vol 23 no. 5-6 (2017), pp. 177-184 [10.1089/ten.tea.2016.0277] [abs].
  • Wu, Y; Grande-Allen, KJ; West, JL, Adhesive Peptide Sequences Regulate Valve Interstitial Cell Adhesion, Phenotype and Extracellular Matrix Deposition., Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, vol 9 no. 4 (2016), pp. 479-495 [10.1007/s12195-016-0451-x] [abs].
  • Puperi, DS; Kishan, A; Punske, ZE; Wu, Y; Cosgriff-Hernandez, E; West, JL; Grande-Allen, KJ, Electrospun Polyurethane and Hydrogel Composite Scaffolds as Biomechanical Mimics for Aortic Valve Tissue Engineering, ACS biomaterials science & engineering, vol 2 no. 9 (2016), pp. 1546-1558 [10.1021/acsbiomaterials.6b00309] [abs].
  • Roudsari, LC; Jeffs, SE; Witt, AS; Gill, BJ; West, JL, A 3D Poly(ethylene glycol)-based Tumor Angiogenesis Model to Study the Influence of Vascular Cells on Lung Tumor Cell Behavior., Scientific Reports, vol 6 (2016) [10.1038/srep32726] [abs].