Joyce Y Wong, PhD

Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Joyce Wong


Dr. Wong’s main research interest is in the development of new biomaterials that interact with living cells in novel ways. She is interested in questions relating to biocompatibility and control of cellular behavior at the cell-material interface for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. Her approach includes direct measurement of physicochemical interactions between biological molecules and model biomembrane systems. Dr. Wong’s research uses a combination of approaches from materials science and engineering, polymer science and polymer physics, colloid and surface science, cell culture, and biophysics.
Some of her projects include bioengineered patches for congenital heart defects in pediatric patients and design of theranostic agents to detect and treat cardiovascular disease.

Awards she has received include a NSF CAREER Award, Clare Boothe Luce Professorship, and Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award. She was Chair of the 2011 Gordon Research Conference in Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering. Dr. Wong is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and a AAAS Fellow. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Biomedical Engineering Society, as Volume Organizer of the Materials Research Society Bulletin, and currently serves as co-chair of AIMBE Women and as a member on the Council of TERMIS-AM (Tissue Engineering Regenerative Medicine International Society – Americas). To date, she has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications; her trainees include 19 PhDs and 13 postdoctoral fellows who have positions ranging from academia to industry to policy. She is currently on the advisory board and editorial board of numerous journals and in 2017 became Associate Editor of Biomedical Materials. In 2017 she was awarded the highest honor in the College of Engineering at Boston University, the Charles DeLisi Distinguished Lecturer.

Other Positions

  • Member, Genome Science Institute, Boston University
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
  • Member, Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute, Boston University
  • Director, Provost Office, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Member, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Boston University


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS


  • Published on 11/7/2022

    Whitaker RD, Decano JL, Gormley C, Beigie CA, Meisel C, Tan GA, Moran AM, Giordano NJ, Park Y, Huang P, Andersson S, Gantz D, Grant AK, Ruiz-Opazo N, Herrera VLM, Wong JY. Janus USPION modular platform (JUMP) for theranostic ultrasound-mediated targeted intratumoral microvascular imaging and DNA/miRNA delivery. Theranostics. 2022; 12(18):7646-7667. PMID: 36451861.

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  • Published on 1/26/2021

    Stevens KR, Masters KS, Imoukhuede PI, Haynes KA, Setton LA, Cosgriff-Hernandez E, Lediju Bell MA, Rangamani P, Sakiyama-Elbert SE, Finley SD, Willits RK, Koppes AN, Chesler NC, Christman KL, Allen JB, Wong JY, El-Samad H, Desai TA, Eniola-Adefeso O. Fund Black scientists. Cell. 2021 02 04; 184(3):561-565. PMID: 33503447.

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  • Published on 6/1/2020

    Vishwanath N, Monis WJ, Hoffmann GA, Ramachandran B, DiGiacomo V, Wong JY, Smith ML, Layne MD. Mechanisms of aortic carboxypeptidase-like protein secretion and identification of an intracellularly retained variant associated with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. J Biol Chem. 2020 07 10; 295(28):9725-9735. PMID: 32482891.

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  • Published on 5/13/2020

    Meisel CL, Bainbridge P, Mulkern RV, Mitsouras D, Wong JY. Assessment of Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Poly(Ethylene Glycol) Coatings on Magnetic Resonance Relaxation for Early Disease Detection. IEEE Open J Eng Med Biol. 2020; 1:116-122. PMID: 33294851.

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  • Published on 11/25/2019

    Yu J, Chitalia VC, Akintewe OO, Edwards A, Wong JY. Determinants of Hemodialysis Performance: Modeling Fluid and Solute Transport in Hollow-Fiber Dialyzers. Regen Eng Transl Med. 2021 Sep; 7(3):291-300. PMID: 34926787.

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  • Published on 11/8/2019

    Greider CW, Sheltzer JM, Cantalupo NC, Copeland WB, Dasgupta N, Hopkins N, Jansen JM, Joshua-Tor L, McDowell GS, Metcalf JL, McLaughlin B, Olivarius A, O'Shea EK, Raymond JL, Ruebain D, Steitz JA, Stillman B, Tilghman SM, Valian V, Villa-Komaroff L, Wong JY. Increasing gender diversity in the STEM research workforce. Science. 2019 11 08; 366(6466):692-695. PMID: 31699926.

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  • Published on 11/7/2019

    Claure I, Anderson D, Klapperich CM, Kuohung W, Wong JY. Biomaterials and Contraception: Promises and Pitfalls. Ann Biomed Eng. 2020 Jul; 48(7):2113-2131. PMID: 31701311.

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  • Published on 8/15/2019

    Kwong G, Marquez HA, Yang C, Wong JY, Kotton DN. Generation of a Purified iPSC-Derived Smooth Muscle-like Population for Cell Sheet Engineering. Stem Cell Reports. 2019 09 10; 13(3):499-514. PMID: 31422908.

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  • Published on 8/9/2019

    Yu J, Nap RJ, Szleifer I, Wong JY. Effect of Polymer Surface Modification of Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersions in High Salinity Environments. Langmuir. 2019 12 03; 35(48):15864-15871. PMID: 31353909.

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  • Published on 8/6/2019

    Roberts EG, Kleptsyn VF, Roberts GD, Mossburg KJ, Feng B, Domian IJ, Emani SM, Wong JY. Development of a bio-MEMS device for electrical and mechanical conditioning and characterization of cell sheets for myocardial repair. Biotechnol Bioeng. 2019 11; 116(11):3098-3111. PMID: 31317531.

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