Dr. Yu Mao holds a 75% research and 25% teaching appointment in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. Dr. Mao’s research aims for novel synthesis of nanomaterials to provide better solutions for problems in the biomedical field. This includes coatings with controlled drug release for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, surface engineering that promotes cell growth and differentiation on tissue engineering scaffolds, as well as coatings with high efficiency in bacteria killing and resistance to bacteria adhesion. Her research team also studies the interaction of nano-engineered surfaces with biomolecules and cells to address fundamental problems in bionanotechnology. Dr. Mao’s research has been funded by federal and state agencies, and the private sector. Her research findings have been published in refereed journals and presented at national/international conferences. Dr. Mao teaches two courses in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Heat and Mass Transfer (BAE 3013) and Biosensors (BAE 5433).