Cheng Research Group

Materials Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Graduate Students

We recruit graduate students with background in organic/polymer/materials chemistry, materials science, biomaterials and bioengineering. Our research interest includes polymeric biomaterials, polymer and materials chemistry, drug and gene delivery, nanomedicine for therapeutic and diagnostic applications and functional polymeric materials (e.g., self-healing). If you are an admitted graduate student of UIUC and are interested in our research, please contact Prof. Jianjun Cheng ( with your CV attached. If you have not been admitted to UIUC, please send your application materials to the department graduate admission office.  If you are interested in getting Professor Cheng’s support to apply for graduate fellowships, either US-based or international scholarship (e.g., from Chinese Scholarship Council), please contact Prof. Jianjun Cheng directly.

Undergraduate Students

We routinely recruit undergraduates to do research with graduate students and postdocs in our lab. If you are interested in joining our group, please e-mail a one-page resume (which includes your GPA, courses taken, etc.) to graduate student Laz Pacheco at to check for openings.

Visiting Scholar and Students

For interested visiting scholars and students, please send your curriculum vitae, a brief summary of prior working experience along with the name and contact information of 3 references to Jianjun Cheng at We are particularly interested in visiting scholars and visiting students in the area of cancer biology, microbiology, pharmaceutical science and bioengineering to come and collaborate with our materials chemistry students.