Dr. Tracy Cui is the William Kepler Whiteford Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Cui is the Director of the Neural Tissue/Electrode Interface and Neural Tissue Engineering Lab. She is also the Neural Engineering Track Coordinator for the Department of Bioengineering Graduate Committee and serves on the Center for Medical Innovation leadership team. Prior to this she was a Research Scientist at Unilever Research US in Edgewater, New Jersey.
Dr. Cui earned her BS in Polymer Materials and Chemical Engineering and her MS in Biophysics at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She went on to earn her PhD in Macromolecular Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
In Dr. Cui’s lab, the primary research focus is on the interactions between neural tissue and smart biomaterials. Dr Cui’s research interests lie in neural engineering with special focuses on neural electrode-tissue interface, neural tissue engineering, central nervous system drug delivery, and biosensors. Specific projects include:
Biomimetic surface coatings for neural microelectrode arrays to improve chronic neural recording and stimulation stability, reliability, and longevity
Novel material and device development for implantable neural electrodes
Micro-patterning of biochemical, surface chemical, and electrical cues on electrode arrays for neural network study
On demand drug delivery in the nervous system
Implantable biosensors for cytokines and neurochemicals
Control of neural stem cell growth and differentiation via surface and electrical cues
Smart coatings for Mg based biosensors
For her work, Dr. Cui has won numerous awards, most recently:
2016 Fellow of American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
2015 William Kepler Whiteford Professor
2013 and 2014 Peking University Engineering Globex Fellow
2013 Swanson School of Engineering Bicentennial Alumni Faculty Fellow
2013 Carnegie Science Emerging Female Scientist Award
2009, 2011, and 2015 Pitt Innovator Award
She serves as a grant agency reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Science Foundation of Ireland, as well as the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Dr. Cui holds two granted and four filed U.S. patents, and she is a reviewer for many prestigious journals, such as Advanced Materials, Biomaterials, Journal of Controlled Release, Acta Biomaterialia, Biomedical Microdevices, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Journal of Neural Engineering, Nature Communication, amongst others. Dr. Cui is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Materials Chemistry B.
View a list of Dr. Cui’s publications here.