Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
University of Washington
Kelly Stevens (Principal Investigator) is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Bioengineering and Pathology at the University of Washington. Kelly received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Washington, and postdoctoral training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work bridges several facets of regenerative medicine, including pluripotent stem cell biology, transplantation, tissue engineering, and micro/nanofabrication. In particular, she has made several seminal contributions in the development of complex multicellular tissues for organ repair, with increasing focus on enhancing tissue function, microvascularization, and organization. Some examples include the construction of functional scaffold-free cardiac tissue from pluripotent stem cells, the subsequent ‘pre-vascularization’ of these tissues using the intrinsic capacity of microvascular cells to self-organize, and the geometric control of multicellular patterning for optimal parenchymal function and microvascular ingrowth after implantation.