Jung Yul Lim

Contact Information:

City Campus (Lincoln)
W317.3 NH
(402) 472-2480


Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Dept. of Fiber and Polymer Science, Seoul National University, Korea, 1999
  • M.S., Dept. of Fiber and Polymer Science, Seoul National University, Korea, 1994
  • B.S., Dept. of Textile Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea, 1992



  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Professor (Tenured), 2021-present
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Associate Professor (Tenured), 2014-2021
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Assistant Professor, 2008-2014
  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Instructor, 2006-2008
  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Post-doc., 2002-2006
  • Korea Institute of Science & Technology (KIST), Korea, Post-doc., 1999-2002

Areas of Research and Professional Interest

Our group aims to:
  • Regulate cell function and fate via applying biomaterial cues (chemical and topographical micro/nanopatterning, surface energy tuning) and mechanical signals (fluid flow-induced shear stress, stretch, impulsive pressurization) and through co-regulatory effects from biomaterial and mechanical signals.
  • Integrate molecular engineering (RNA interference or overexpression) of key signaling molecules, e.g., FAK, ROCK, cadherin, and NF-κB, to reveal the role of focal adhesion, cytoskeletal tension, cell-cell interaction, and immune response in cells sensing and responding to biomaterials and mechanical signals.
The crosstalk between extracellular milieus and cell signaling cascades in cell-biomaterial interaction and mechanotransduction revealed through our study will provide high impact mechanistic data for biomaterials science, mechanobiology, and regenerative medicine.

See publications and more at the Biomaterials and Mechanotransduction Lab

Research Profiles:

Honors and Awards

  • Berton Rahn Research Fund Prize Award, AO Foundation (2015)
  • CAREER Award, NSF (2014)
  • Faculty Research & Creative Activity Award, UNL College of Engineering (2013)
  • Scientist Development Grant Award, American Heart Association (2012)
  • Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students, UNL Parents Association and Teaching Council (2012)
  • People Who Inspire, The Black Masque Chapter of Mortar Board at UNL (2011)
  • International Scholar, Graduate School of Dentistry, Kyung Hee University, Korea (2009)


  • PI of NSF CAREER Award, NIH COBRE NPOD Project Leader Grant and Seed Grant, NIH Great Plains IDeA-CTR​ Pilot Grant, AHA Scientist Development Grant, Osteology Foundation Grant, AO Foundation Start-up Grant, NE DHHS Stem Cell Research Project, University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative, Nebraska Research Initiative, Nebraska Tobacco Settlement Fund Biomedical Research Seed Grants, UNL Layman Awards, UNL Faculty Seed Grants
  • Co-PI of NSF CMMI Grant, University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative, NE EPSCoR Trans-disciplinary Neuroscience Research Seed Grant 
  • Co-I of NIH COBRE NCIBC ESI Project, AHA Scientist Development Grant, DOD/ARO Army-UNL Center for Trauma Mechanics, UNL Interdisciplinary Research Grants