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Daniel Chen PhD, P. Eng, FCAE, FEIC, FCSME, FASME

Dr. Daniel Chen is a Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Division of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He is also the leader of Tissue Engineering Research Group (TERG) that consists of researchers, spanning disciplines from engineering to life sciences to health, with a long-term goal of developing advanced technologies/methods to create scaffold-guided tissue/organ substitutes for treating tissue/organ injuries and/or combating infectious diseases. Dr. Chen is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Room 3B47 Engineering Building, 57 Campus Drive, Saskatoon SK S7N 5A9, Canada

Research Areas

  1. Bioprinting – Advance the theoretical and practical basis of bioprinting tissue-like constructs or scaffolds for biomedical engineering applications.
  2. Tissue Engineering – Develop scaffold-based methods/strategies for tissue/organ injury treatment and organoid development. 
  3. Combating Infectious Diseases – Develop tissue/viral disease models (or scaffolds)-based methods/strategies for virus discovery and drug/vaccine development.
  4. Synchrotron Imaging – Develop synchrotron-based imaging technologies for non-invasive visualization and tracking of scaffold-treated tissue regeneration in vivo (in animal models and eventually in human patients). 
  5. Mechatronics – Develop novel methods to design, model, and control complicated mechatronic systems/ processes, including nano-positioning systems.


Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) in 2002. He was then working on his Post-Doctorate with Queen's University. In 2003 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, USask, where he was promoted to an Associate Professor and a full Professor in 2007 and 2010, respectively. Dr. Chen's research interests include bioprinting, tissue engineering, combating infectious diseases, synchrotron-based biomedical imaging, and mechatronics. His research has been mainly supporting by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of bioprinting, tissue engineering, and control systems.

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Graduate Student Opportunities

Openings for PhD/MSc Students, Post-Doctoral Fellows, and Undergraduate Students in Bioprinting, Tissue Engineering, Combating Infectious Diseases, Synchrotron-based Biomedical Imaging, and Mechatronics.

Eligibility Requirements: Highly motivated individuals with a BSc/MSc/PhD in engineering/medicine/life sciences, and strong written and oral communication skills. Research experience in above areas is an asset.

If you are interested, please send your curriculum vitae (with GPA and publications, if applicable) and a description of your research interests/plan to Dr. Chen at xbc719@mail.usask.ca

Current Teaching Courses

  • ME 431: Control Systems I
  • ME 475: Introduction to Mechatronics
  • ME 828: Design and Fabrication of Tissue Scaffolds
  • ME 862: Analysis & Synthesis of Linear Control Systems
  • BIOE 820: Tissue Engineering

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