Dr. Tongxin Wang is a full-time professor, who is jointly appointed with the College of Dentistry and Center for Nanomaterials in College of Engineering. Dr. Wang obtained his Ph.D. from the Institute of Chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS) in 2003. Before he joined Howard University in 2007, Dr. Wang worked at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Germany in 2003 and at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 as a postdoctoral fellow. The unique feature of Wang’s lab is to combine polymers, nanomaterials, biomimetic / bio-inspired materials, and composites in order to develop novel biomaterials for bone and tooth application. Dr. Wang’s research has been supported by NIH R01, R56, RCMI/RTRN, the Department of Defense, and the Colgate Palmolive Company. His current research projects include:
- High performance bioresorbable nanocomposites for bone repair;
- Biomimetic mineralization for tooth repair;
- Tooth remineralization and tooth erosion prevention;
- Biomimetic dental composites with prolonged lifespan;
Dr. Tongxin Wang has published more than 40 publications in peer reviewed journals including: J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem., Langmuir, Adv. Mater., J. Dent. Res., etc. Several of them have been featured on the front covers or inside covers of the journals and have been reported by many media platforms. Dr. Wang has established wide collaborations with both domestic and internationally renowned institutions such as the American Dental Association, the Paffenbarger Research Center at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) School of Stomatology, Peking University, and the Colgate-Palmolive Company. Dr. Tongxin Wang has received the First Prize Award (2012) from the Junior Faculty on Health Sciences Research Day and the Inspirational Interdisciplinary Project Award for Faculty (2014) at Howard University. Dr. Wang also currently serves as a grant reviewer for NIH/SBIR/STTR, R21, R15, and R01 on bone and dental materials.