Jae-Young "Jerry" Jung, Ph.D.



Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Materials Science and Engineering with a Specialization in Multiscale Biology, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA, 2019


Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Chemical Engineering, Dankook University, Yongin, South Korea, 2008


Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.), Chemical Engineering, Dankook University, Seoul, South Korea, 2006




Dr. Jae-Young (Jerry) Jung received his B.S. and M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at Dankook University in South Korea. He earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering Program with a Doctoral Specialization in Multiscale Biology at UCSD in under the supervision of Dr. Joanna McKittrick (main PI) and Dr. Marc Meyers (Interfaces program co-advisor). Jerry worked at U&i Corporation and Korea Institute of Science and Technology on the development of biodegradable metal alloy implants and medical devices. He also shortly worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute of Engineering Medicine at UCSD (supervised by Dr. Shu Chien in Bioengineering) as well as a part-time manager of Global Entrepreneur Accelerator program at the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (supervised by Dr. Jung Joo Hwang) after his Ph.D. study.


During his Ph.D., Jerry had performed interdisciplinary researches on a multiscale porous ceramic bone scaffold, a metal/ceramic porous composite scaffold, biological materials investigations using the woodpecker head model, and 2D/3D imaging analysis of materials. He is a recipient of Jacobs School of Engineering Fellowship and 2017 Siebel Scholar in Bioengineering at UCSD, and an NIH T32 trainee by participating in the UCSD Interfaces Program supported by HHMI and NIBIB at NIH. Jerry has authored 26 papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Scientific Reports, Advanced Materials, and Acta Biomaterialia.


Jerry joined the Fields lab in July 2019 as a postdoctoral scholar. His current work involves studying cartilage endplates (CEPs) by utilizing his biomechanics and multiscale imaging & microscopy analysis techniques to further understand the effects of biochemical composition, microstructure, and permeability of CEPs on nutrition transport and disk regeneration mechanism.


Research Interests

  • Biomechanics of CEPs
  • Multiscale Imaging & Microscopy Analysis
  • Characterization of Biochemical Composition, Microstructure, and Permeability
  • Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering Scaffold




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