Carnegie Mellon University

Abbott Lab

Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering

The Abbott lab at Carnegie Mellon University works at the interface of materials science and regenerative medicine. We investigate how the 3D microenvironment affects tissue development and disease. Our current research focuses on adipose tissue engineering strategies, silk biomaterials and non-invasive tissue assessments to study obesity and it's link to type II diabetes. For more information about what we do, check out our current research projects, publications, and outreach events. To join our team please contact us!


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Recent updates

12/2020 - Professor Abbott gives a keynote at the World Biomaterial Congress for the special symposium on "Engineered microenvironments in disease."

11/2020 - RegenerativeMedicine.net features work by Tahlia on 3D printing silk.  

10/2020 - CMU publishes an article on Sean's computational work in the lab.

9/2020 - Congratulations to Megan for earning the Outstanding Poster Award at the CMU BME Forum. Her poster was on the use of non-invasive ultrasound for the degradation of silk biomaterials! 

9/2020 - CMU publishes an article on Tahlia's work on 3D printing silk.

9/2020 - Congratulations to Megan for earning the Dowd Fellowship!

8/2020 - Congratulations to Liz for earning an NIH-T32 fellowship under the Biomechanics in Regenerative Medicine (BiRM) training program!

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Recent Publications

DeBari MK, Abbott RD. Adipose Tissue Fibrosis: Mechanisms, Models, and Importance. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2020 Aug; 21(17).

Griffin MD, Pereira SR, DeBari MK, Abbott RD. Mechanisms of Action, Chemical Characteristics, and Model Systems of Obesogens. BMC Biomedical Engineering. 2020; 2: 6.

Bender R, McCarthy M, Brown T, Bukowska J, Smith S, Abbott RD, Kaplan DL, Williams C, Wade J, Alarcon A, Wu X, Lau F, Gimble JM, Frazier TP. Human Adipose Derived Cells in Two- and Three-Dimensional Cultures: Functional Validation of an In Vitro Fat Construct. Stem Cells International.  2020; 2020: 4242130.

McCarthy M, Brown T, Alarcon A, Williams C, Ma M, Wu X, Abbott R, Gimble J, Frazier T. Fat-on-a-Chip models for research and discovery in obesity and its metabolic co-morbidities. Tissue Eng Part B Rev. 2020 Mar 26.

DeBari MK, Keyser MN, Bai MA, Abbott RD3D printing with silk: considerations and applications. Connect Tissue Res. 2018 Dec 17:1-11. 

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