Biomaterials, Mechanics, and Tissue Engineering Track

diagram of bone structure

Christopher Chen, Ph.D.
Track Director

The Biomaterials, Mechanics, and Tissue Engineering Track focuses on understanding, characterizing, and modulating the behavior of cells, tissues, and/or biomaterials for both research and clinical applications. This includes the design of novel drug delivery systems, creation of biomimetic research models, and the development of artificial tissues or organs that perform, augment, or replace a natural function.

Coursework complements the research training of graduate students and covers physiology, cell biology, material science, mechanics, and biophysics.


Christopher Chen, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Biomaterials; Tissue mechanics, Tissue injury, degeneration and inflammation, Tissue engineering and regeneration, Cartilage biology and osteoarthritis 

Jonathan Cheng, M.D.
Research Interests: Nerve regeneration; long nerve gap repair; nerve-machine interface

Joseph Forbess, M.D.
Research Interests: Minimally invasive surgery, cardiopulmonary perfusion

Connie Hsia, M.D.
Research Interests: Heart-lung interaction; lung morphometry; structure-function correlation of lung growth

Lawrence Lavery, D.P.M
Research Interests: Wound therapy, Tissue engineering

William Lee, M.D.
Research Interests:
Acute liver failure, Organ preservation

John Minna, M.D.
Research Interests: Molecular biomarkers of response to cancer therapy

Alan Nugent, M.D., M.B.B.S., FRACP
Research Interests: Biodegradable stents for congenital heart disease

Matthias Peltz, M.D.
Research Interests: Heart, lung and perfusion preservation, Magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Matthew Petroll, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Cell motility and mechanics, corneal repair and regeneration, in vivo confocal imaging

Jay Schneider, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Interests: Cardiomyocytes, cell fate mechanisms, chemical genetics/small molecules, neuronal and cancer stem cells, stem cells

Associate Members

These faculty members do not accept graduate students. They participate in teaching, co-mentoring, exam and dissertation committees, and all other program activities.

Thiru Annaswamy, M.D.
Research Interests: Physical medicine and rehabilitation, motor control, neuroscience

Robert Eberhart, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Biomaterials; circulatory assist devices

Michael Jessen, M.D.
Research Interests: Circulatory assist devices; cardiac metabolism

Romaine Johnson, M.D.
Research Interests: Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine; biomaterials; biomechanics (tissue mechanics); airway regeneration and reconstruction.

Karen Pawlowski, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Cellular mechanisms involved in sensory neural hearing loss; investigations of biomedical engineering technologies applied to the temporal bone and auditory system; role of biofilms in chronic recurrent infections of the temporal bone

Surendranath Reddy, M.D.
Research Interests: Biodegradable Stents; Cardiac Catheterization – pediatric and adult congenital heart disease; Hybrid Interventions

Scott Smith, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Neural cardiovascular control during exercise; reflex dysfunction in heart failure; reflex dysfunction in hypertension

Che Xu, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Tissue engineering and regeneration; Biomaterials; Bioengineering of the larynx