Date: April 21, 2023
Format: Onsite & online
Venue：SC140 (onsite) and https://core.xjtlu.edu.cn/mod/bigbluebuttonbn/view.php?id=283114 (BBB link)
Lecturer: Dr. Xuan Xue
Title: Polymeric Material for Biomedical Application
Respiratory diseases caused by viruses have become a serious global public health concern, in particular, as new viruses emerge. The fomite transmission of respiratory viruses has been highlighted as a potential transmission challenge in containing the pandemic. An important aspect of managing fomite transmission is the knowledge and development of novel protective materials, ideally with broad-spectrum, to eliminate the problematic cross-infections. However, to date, there is still limited information regarding the virus attachment to materials and their stability against different surface chemistries. Recently, high-throughput polymer microarray screening aided with computational modelling has been demonstrated as a powerful tool to help build the theoretical framework and identify novel materials. In Dr. Xue’s current work, she is using this methodology to discover novel simple polymers for fomite transmission control, investigate the mechanism behind it, and develop novel protective materials for infection protection control in the future.
Dr. Xuan Xue is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China. She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Nottingham (UK) with full Oversea Research Scholarship. After her Ph.D., she has achieved valuable experience in both academia and industry R&D. Her research interests cover a wide range of interdisciplinary research areas from materials science, polymer chemistry, surface chemistry, 3D-bioprinting to tissue engineering, cell biology and microbiology. Currently, she is working closely with collaborators from virology and immunology on the discovery of polymer materials using high throughput screening methodology, and the development of novel protective materials. In addition, she is involved in the National Key Research and Development Program led by Prof. Yuwen Cui (Nanjing Tech University, Scientific Head of AI Materials Design Platform), focusing on the AI design of 3D bio-printed organoids-on-chip project. Both projects are now open for fully-funded PhD students to join.