Dr. Won H. (Jon) Suh is an assistant professor in the Bioengineering Department at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Prior to joining Temple as a faculty member, Dr. Suh was an assistant project scientist and postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley (2009-2012) in the Department of Bioengineering. He was an Otis Williams Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioengineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2008-2010), which is where he started working in the area of stem cell engineering, biomaterials research, bionanotechnology, nanomedicine, and nanotoxicology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006) and received his M.S. (2002) and B.S. (1998) degrees from Seoul National University. His current research focuses on developing enabling technologies (e.g., biomaterials, nanomaterials, biomolecules) for adult stem cell research. Dr. Suh is currently serving on the editorial board of Biomaterials Research.

Research Interests

  • Biomaterials
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Molecular Engineering
  • Nanomedicine (e.g., Multifunctional Drug Delivery, Theranostics)
  • Peptide Biomaterials
  • Cell Penetrating Peptides
  • Stem Cell Engineering

Courses Taught




BIOE 3001

Research Design and Methods in Bioengineering


BIOE 3102

BioE Lab #2 - Biomaterials


BIOE 3331

Principles of Macromolecular Science


BIOE 5500

Special Topics: Macromolecular Science


Selected Publications

  • Ma, W., Gehret, P.M., Hoff, R.E., Kelly, L.P., & Suh, W.H. (2019). The investigation into the toxic potential of iron oxide nanoparticles utilizing rat pheochromocytoma and human neural stem cells. Nanomaterials, 9(3). doi: 10.3390/nano9030453

  • Kang, S., Ha, S., Park, H., Nam, E., Suh, W.H., Suh, Y.H., & Chang, K.A. (2018). Effects of a dehydroevodiamine-derivative on synaptic destabilization and memory impairment in the 5xFAD, Alzheimer's disease mouse model. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 12. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2018.00273

  • Ma, W., Jin, G.W., Gehret, P.M., Chada, N.C., & Suh, W.H. (2018). A novel cell penetrating peptide for the differentiation of human neural stem cells. Biomolecules, 8(3). doi: 10.3390/biom8030048

  • Ma, W. & Suh, W.H. (2017). Engineered Cell Penetrating Peptides., 1271 (pp. 297-319). Retrieved from

  • Gehret, P.M., Hoff, R., Kelly, L.P., & Suh, W.H. (2017). Polymeric Particles for the Control Release of Bioactive Molecules to PC12 Cells. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY of the CELL, 28. Retrieved from

  • Jin, G.W., Ma, W., & Suh, W.H. (2017). Three dimensional cell culture of human neural stem cells using polysaccharide-based hydrogels and subsequent bioanalyses. In Neuromethods, 128 (pp. 183-204). doi: 10.1007/7657_2016_11

  • Suh, Y.H. & Suh, W.H. (2016). Molecular and cellular engineering approaches for neurological disorders, diseases, and injuries involved the central and peripheral nervous systems. CNS and Neurological Disorders - Drug Targets, 15(8), pp. 878-880. doi: 10.2174/187152731508160909174157

  • Suh, Y. & Suh, W.H. (2016). Editorial (Thematic Issue: Molecular and Cellular Engineering Approaches for Neurological Disorders, Diseases, and Injuries Involved the Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems). CNS Neurol Disord Drug Targets, 15(8), pp. 878-880. United Arab Emirates. Retrieved from

  • Kim, S.Y., Jeong, H.M., Kwon, J.H., Ock, I.W., Suh, W.H., Stucky, G.D., & Kang, J.K. (2015). Nickel oxide encapsulated nitrogen-rich carbon hollow spheres with multiporosity for high-performance pseudocapacitors having extremely robust cycle life. Energy and Environmental Science, 8(1), pp. 188-194. doi: 10.1039/c4ee02897j

  • Ma, W., Jin, G.W., & Suh, W.H. (2015). Development of hyaluronic acid hydrogels for human neural stem cell engineering. 2015 41st Annual Northeast Biomedical Engineering Conference, NEBEC 2015. doi: 10.1109/NEBEC.2015.7117114

  • Jin, G., Tahrir, F.G., Ma, W., & Suh, W.H. (2014). Synthetic Cell Penetrating Peptides for Drug Delivery and Stem Cell Applications. TISSUE ENGINEERING PART A, 20, pp. S131-S131. Retrieved from

  • Tahrir, F.G., Jin, G., Ma, W., & Suh, W.H. (2014). Neuronal Differentiation of Human Neural Stem Cell Achieved by Electrostimulation. TISSUE ENGINEERING PART A, 20, pp. S131-S132. Retrieved from

  • Jin, G., Tahrir, F.G., Ma, W., & Suh, W.H. (2014). Engineered Cell Penetrating Peptides for Stem Cell Biology Control. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY of the CELL, 25. Retrieved from

  • Tahrir, F.G., Jin, G., Ma, W., & Suh, W.H. (2014). Electrostimulation of Human Neural Stem Cells to Enhance Neuronal Differentiation. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY of the CELL, 25. Retrieved from

  • Kim, S.Y., Suh, W.H., Choi, J.H., Yi, Y.S., Lee, S.K., Stucky, G.D., & Kang, J.K. (2014). Template-free synthesis of high surface area nitrogen-rich carbon microporous spheres and their hydrogen uptake capacity. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2(7), pp. 2227-2232. doi: 10.1039/c3ta14030j