dr. bret ulery
I joined the Department of Biomedical, Biological, and Chemical Engineering at the University of Missouri as an Assistant Professor in August 2014. After earning a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering and a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa in 2006, I conducted graduate research with Dr. Balaji Narasimhan at Iowa State University and received my Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with a Graduate Minor in Immunobiology in 2010. Following completion of my doctoral studies, I spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Cato Laurencin’s research group in the Institute for Regenerative Engineering at the University of Connecticut Health Center followed by eighteen months as a Postdoctoral Scholar under the advisement of Dr. Matt Tirrell at the University of Chicago. As the Principal Investigator of the Biomodulatory Materials Engineering Laboratory (BioMEL), I lead a diverse team of researchers focusing on the synthesis of novel biomaterials to address a wide range of unmet clinical needs. In my free time, I enjoy spending quality time with my wife who is a Veterinarian (the real Dr. Ulery in the family) walking our two beagles, Colby and Jack, around campus and all over Columbia. I also like to travel, jog in half-marathons, and attend University of Iowa and Chicago sporting events.
I am a graduate student in BioMEL, focusing on designing delivery technology for peptide therapeutics. This research has evolved throughout my time here as we have developed DNA-labeled nanoparticles, novel peptide-polymers, and antimicrobial medical coatings. In addition to academics, I am interested in the cross-road between research and entrepreneurship and intend on pursuing that after graduation. When not in the lab, I volunteer with the Rock Campus Church and enjoy playing frisbee golf and training for triathlons.
Xiaofei (Sophie) Wang
I am a Ph.D. candidate in Chemical Engineering joined Dr. Ulery’s group in 2015. I got my bachelor’s degree in applied chemistry from the South China University of Technology. I am conducting an Immunomodulatory VIP (vasoactive intestinal peptide) Amphiphile and Polyester Project now. Not only a chemist but a singer, a runner and a cat lover!