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!

Recent updates

8/2018 - A news article on the Abbott lab is featured on the CMU College of Engineering website.

7/2018 - Megan's paper is featured on Advanced Science News!

6/2018 - Professor Abbott receives a secondary appointment as a Member Faculty in the McGowan Institue for Regenerative Medicine. 

6/2018 - The lab hosts a BME session for The Engineering Sampler class.

5/2018 - Congratulations to Sean for getting a Summer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship! We are excited to have you in the lab this summer.

4/2018 - Professor Abbott receives the Wimmer Faculty Fellowship to re-design the Introduction to Biomedical Engineering class.

Check out recent events in the group

Recent Publications

DeBari MKAbbott RD. Microscopic considerations for optimizing silk biomaterials. WIREs Nanomed Nanobiotech nol. 2018;e1534.

Lightfoot-Vidal SE, Tamamoto KA, Nguyen H, Abbott RD, Cairns DM, Kaplan DL. 3D Biomaterial Matrix to Support Long Term, Full Thickness, Immuno-competent Human Skin Equivalents. Biomaterials. Accepted April 24, 2018.

Abbott RD, Borowsky FE, Alonzo CA, Zieba A, Georgakoudi I, Kaplan DL. Variability in responses observed in human white adipose tissue models.  J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2018 Mar;12(3):840-847. 

Wang RY, Abbott RD, Zieba A, Borowsky FE, Kaplan DL. Development of a Three-Dimensional Adipose Tissue Model for Studying Embryonic Exposures to Obesogenic Chemicals. Ann Biomed Eng. 2017 Jul;45(7):1807-1818.

Check out more publications from the group...