Hua Ai, PhD, Professor of Biomaterials, National Engineering Research Center for Biomaterials, Sichuan University; Adjunct Professor of Radiology, West China Hospital, Sichuan University. Dr. Ai got his medical degree from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 1996. He got his PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and did his postdoctoral training in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. He joined the National Engineering Research Center for Biomaterials in 2005. Dr. Ai was recognized as the Fellow, Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE) in 2016. He is the Secretary General of Chinese Society for Biomaterials and the representative to the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering. He also serves as a committee member of China-Italy Multifunctional Polymers and Biomaterials Research Center. Dr. Ai is active in promoting international biomaterials exchanges through academic meetings and other means. He participated in hosting of 1-5th China-Europe Biomaterials Symposium, 1-4th China-US Biomaterials Workshop, China-UK Biomaterials Workshop, and the 9th World Biomaterials Congress.
Dr. Ai is focusing on design and application of magnetic nanobiomaterials for molecular imaging and drug delivery. He developed sensitive magnetic resonance imaging probes based on superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and paramagnetic molecules. Most of his work was carried out under clinical magnetic resonance imaging scanners and published on academic journals including Biomaterials, Acc Chem Res, Adv Drug Deliv Rev, Pharm Res, etc. He currently serves on 12 journal editorial boards including Biomaterials, BioNanoScience, Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research – A, Chinese Science Bulletin, and Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, etc.