Carnegie Mellon University

Biomaterials & Nanotechnology

Research activity in Biomaterials and Nanotechnology spans fundamentals and applications, leveraging the strengths of Carnegie Mellon University in polymer chemistry, nanotechnology, and colloidal science. The rich environment, fostered by close interactions both within the University and between local institutions, provides a fertile ground for synergistic research.

Two main research focus areas within Biomaterials and Nanotechnology include Bio-Interfaces/Drug Delivery and Nanobiotechnology/BioMEMS.

A common theme of research in bio-interfaces is the development of a molecular-level understanding of complex biological systems and its applications in controlled release of therapeutic agents. The emerging field of nanobiotechnology integrates molecular assembly and nanoscale design to provide control over biological processes. Research in this area has focused on cutting-edge technologies for exploring untapped potentials while assessing the associated health risks.

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Rosalyn Abbott

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Cell & tissue engineering; biomaterials; adipose microenvironments; disease modeling; tissue regeneration

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Christopher J. Bettinger

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering

Research Interests

BioMEMS for tissue regeneration; biodegradable electronic devices; biomimetic tissue-device interfaces; biomaterials synthesis; microfabrication of biomaterials 

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Tzahi (Itzhaq) Cohen-Karni

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering

Research Interests

Nano-biotechnology; nano-bio interfaces; nanomaterials synthesis; biomedical applications of nanowires/nanotubes; biomedical nanodevices/sensors

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Keith E. Cook

Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Artificial lungs; hemodynamics; pulmonary drug delivery; liquid ventilation; right ventricular function; critical care medicine

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Kris N. Dahl

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science & Engineering

Research Interests

Mechanics of the cell nucleus in normal and disease states; nuclear mechanics in stem cell differentiation and cancer progression; mechanotransduction; cellular interactions with nanomaterials

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Adam W. Feinberg

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering

Research Interests

Tissue regeneration in neuromuscular and cardiovascular systems; self-assembly and multi-scale coupling in biological systems; cell-material interactions; protein-based materials; bioprosthetics; stem cell differentiation and engineered morphogenesis

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Philip R. LeDuc

Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Biological Sciences

Research Interests

Biological mechanical systems; mechanotransduction; biological microfluidics and MEMS; molecular micropatterning

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Carmel Majidi

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Robotics Institute, and Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Elastically soft sensors and circuits; soft multifunctional materials; soft lithography fabrication

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Michael E. McHenry

Professor, Materials Science & Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Magnetic nanoparticles for tagging cells and MRI enhancement; cellular interactions with nanocrystalline magnetic materials; cellular effects of RF heating of magnetic nanoparticles; applications of magnetic nanoparticles and ferrogels in tissue engineering

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Jonathan S. Minden

Professor, Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Technologies for proteomics; devices to couple gel electrophoresis to mass spectrometry; automation of 2D gel electrophoresis; protein capture for proteomics sample preparation; applications of image analysis in proteomics

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Xi (Charlie) Ren

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Vascular engineering; extracellular matrix engineering; cardiopulmonary engineering; whole organ decellularization and regeneration

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Alan J. Russell

Highmark Distinguished Career Professor, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems and Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Enzymes; membrane engineering; proteins; biomaterials; biosensors

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Stefanie A. Sydlik

Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Materials chemistry; graphene; stem cells; tissue regeneration; cell-instructive material

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Rebecca E. Taylor

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Courtesy Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

Microsystems; nanotechnology; DNA origami; biomechanics; nanobiosensors

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Robert D. Tilton

Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

Nanoparticle probes; nanoparticle-cell interactions; environmental effects of nanoparticles; surfactant-based carriers for pulmonary drug delivery; protein adsorption and protein drug delivery; cell sorting technologies

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Yu-li Wang

Mehrabian Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Mechanical interactions between cells and the environment; mechanisms of cell migration and division; cellular mechanical activities; synthetic polymeric materials for cell, tissue, and organ engineering

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Newell R. Washburn

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Materials Science & Engineering

Research Interests

Materials chemistry; biomaterials; green chemistry; machine learning

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Victoria Webster-Wood

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Bioinspired robotics; biohybrid robotics; cell & tissue engineering; biomaterials; organic actuators; organic control

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Ge Yang

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Lane Center for Computational Biology

Research Interest

Bioimage informatics; computational biology; computational BME; cell engineering; super-resolution imaging