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Principal Investigator
Jason A. Burdick

Jason A. Burdick, PhD
Department of Bioengineering
University of Pennsylvania


PhD, Chemical Engineering,
University of Colorado, 2002

Post-Doc, Chemical Engineering,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003-2005
  • Spinal Cord Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2003-2005
  • NIH/NIDCR K22 Scholar Development and Career Transition Award, 2004-2009
  • Recipient of Wilf Family Term Chair, 2006
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research A
  • Packard Foundation Fellowship, 2007-2012
  • Coulter Foundation Early Career Award, 2008-2010
  • Recipient of Wilf Family Term Chair, 2006
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2009-2014
  • Editorial Board, Tissue Engineering
  • NAE US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Participant
  • Editorial Board, Biomedical Materials
  • Editorial Board, Biomacromolecules
  • Editorial Board, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2011
  • Kalpana Chalwa Outstanding Recent Alumni Award, University of Colorado, 2011
  • Edward C. Nagy New Investigator Award, NIBIB, 2011
  • American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, 2013
  • Associate Editor, ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
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Post-Doctoral Fellows
Julianne Holloway Chris Highley Steven Caliari Yi-Cheun Yeh
Julianne Holloway, PhD Chris Highley, PhD Steven Caliari, PhD Yi-Cheun Yeh, PhD
PhD, Chemical Engineering,
Drexel University, 2012

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD, Biomedical Engineering,
Carnegie Mellon, 2012
PhD, Chemical Engineering,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD, Chemistry,
UMass-Amherst, 2014
Adrianne Rosales Sebastian Vega Shauna Dorsey
Adrianne Rosales, PhD Sebastian Vega, PhD Shauna Dorsey, PhD
PhD, Chemical Engineering,
UC-Berkeley, 2013

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Visiting Postdoc
PhD, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering,
Rutgers University, 2014
PhD, Bioengineering,
University of Pennsylvania, 2014

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Graduate Students
Ryan Wade Chris Rodell Minna Chen Josh Mealy
Ryan Wade Chris Rodell Minna Chen Josh Mealy
BS, Materials Science and Engineering,
Johns Hopkins University, 2008

NSF Fellow

Project: Engineering Spatiotemporal Properties into Fibrous Hydrogels
BS, Biomedical Engineering and Physics; MS, Biomedical Engineering,
Tulane University, 2011

AHA Fellow

Project: Self-Assembling and Shear Thinning Hydrogels
BS, Chemical Engineering
University of Minnesota, 2013

Project: Engineering Cell Interactions with Injectable HA Hydrogels
BS, Biomedical Engineering,
University of Pittsburgh, 2013

NSF Fellow

Project: Controlled Release from Injectable Gels for Cardiac Repair
Michelle Kwon Leo Wang
Michelle Kwon Leo Wang
BS, Bioengineering
University of Pennsylvania, 2013

NSF Fellow

Project: Engineered Hydrogels to Modulate Stem Cell Chondrogenesis
BS, Biochemistry,
University of Pennsylvania, 2012

MD/PhD Student

Project: Injectable Hydrogels for RNA-based Therapeutics

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Undergraduate Students
Ethan Bassin Gi Yun Lee Neville Dusaj
Ethan Bassin Gi Yun Lee Neville Dusaj
Senor in Bioengineering

Project: Engineered Fibrous Scaffolds
Junior in Bioengineering

Project: In Vitro Models of Mechanotransduction
Junior in Biochemistry and Biophysics

Project: Injectable Hydrogel Synthesis and Characterization

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Research Specialists/Technicians
Sarah van Keulen
Sarah van Keulen
BS, Bioengineering
Santa Clara University, 2012

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Laboratory Alumni

Research Specialists/Technicians
Reena Rai, MS, Summer 2010-Summer 2014
Heather Weber, Fall 2011-Summer 2012
Kevin Hou, Summer 2009-Summer 2010
Robert Metter, Summer 2008-Summer 2009

Post-Doctoral Fellows
Brendan Purcell, PhD, Summer 2013-Summer 2014
Project: Spatiotemporal Patterning in Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels

Will Gramlich, PhD, Spring 2012-Summer 2013
Project: Spatiotemporal Patterning in Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels

Murat Guvendiren, PhD, Summer 2008-Summer 2013
Project: Cellular Interactions with Dynamic and Patterned Materials

Danielle Soranno, MD, Summer 2011-Summer 2013
Project: Injectable Hydrogels to treat Obstructive Nephropathy

Liming Bian, PhD, Fall 2009-Summer 2012
Project: MSC Chondrogenesis and Hypertrophy in Engineered Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels

Harini Sundararaghavan, PhD, Fall 2008-Summer 2011
Project: Engineering Fibrous Hydrogel Scaffolds to Modulate Cellular Interactions

Manoj Charati, PhD, Fall 2008-Fall 2010
Project: Engineered Polypeptide-based Hydrogels

Sujata Sahoo, PhD, Fall 2006-Fall 2007
Project: Synthesis of Hydrolytically Degradable Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels

PhD Students
Shauna Dorsey, PhD, Spring 2011-Fall 2014
Dissertation: MRI Evaluation of Injectable Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogel Therapy to Attenuate Myocardial Infarct Remodeling

Iris Kim, PhD, NSF Fellow, Spring 2010-Summer 2014
Dissertation: Engineered Fibrous Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels for Cartilage Repair

Brendan Purcell, PhD, Spring 2009-Summer 2013
Dissertation: Injectable Hydrogels for Local Protein Delivery to Engineer Myocardial Remodeling

Ross A. Marklein, PhD, NSF Fellow, Fall 2007-Summer 2012
Dissertation: Spatially and Temporally Controlled Mechanical Signals to Direct Human Stem Cell Behavior

Elena Tous, PhD, Spring 2009-Summer 2012
Dissertation: Tunable Acellular Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogel Systems to Attenuate Left Ventricular Remodeling

Sudhir Khetan, PhD, NSF Fellow, Spring 2008-Summer 2012
Dissertation: Engineering Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogel Degradation to Control Cellular Interactions and Adult Stem Cell Fate in 3D

Joshua S. Katz, PhD, NSF Fellow, Spring 2007-Spring 2011
Dissertation: Chemical Modifications to Vesicle Forming Diblock Copolymers: Development of Smart Functional Polymersome Membranes

Jamie L. Ifkovits, PhD, AHA Predoctoral Fellow, Spring 2006-Summer 2010
Dissertation: Acellular and Radically Polymerized Biodegradable Materials to Control Tissue Interactions after Myocardial Infarction

Darren M. Brey, PhD, Fall 2005-Summer 2010
Dissertation: Combinatorial Polymer Synthesis and High-throughput Screening Technology to Identify Optimal Approaches for Mineralized Tissue Engineering

Cindy Chung, PhD, NSF Fellow, Summer 2004-Summer 2009
Dissertation: Development and Characterization of Photocrosslinkable Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels for Cartilage Regeneration

Masters/Visiting Students
Henry Ma, Spring 2013-Spring 2014 (MS, Penn BE)
Stephen Leong, Spring 2013-Spring 2014 (MS, Penn CBE)
Vanessa Chou, Fall 2012-Spring 2013 (MS, Penn BE)
Hoang "Jack" Lu, Fall 2010-Summer 2012 (MS, Penn BE)
Heather Weber, Fall 2010-Summer 2011 (MS, Penn BE)
Kolin C. Hribar, Summer 2009-Spring 2011 (MS, Penn BE)
Vyas Ramanan, Fall 2009-Spring 2011 (MS, Penn BE)
Ian Lee, Spring 2009-Fall 2009 (MS, Penn BE)
Derrick Hsu, Spring 2009-Fall 2009 (BS/MS, Penn MSE)
David Lau, Summer 2008-Fall 2008 (MS, Penn BE)
Jeffrey Devlin, Spring 2008-Summer 2008 (MS, Penn BE)
Cheng-Hung Chou, Spring 2007-Spring 2008 (PhD, National Taiwan University)
Brigid Reilly, Summer 2007 (DVM, Penn)
Tamar Sterling, Summer 2007 (MD Candidate, Jefferson University)
Yousef Mazhar, Summer 2007 (MS/MBA Candidate, Penn)
Anthony Fargnoli, Spring 2007 (MS, Systems Engineering, Penn)

Undergraduate Students
Leron Arama, Spring 2012 to Spring 2014 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Bria Macklin, Summer 2014 (North Carolina A&T State University, SUIP Program)
Zoe Steier, Summer 2014 (MIT, REU Program)
James Howard, Summer 2014 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Emily Zhang, Summer 2011-Summer 2013 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Adam Kaminski, Summer 2013 (Dickinson College)
Cassi Henderson, Spring 2013(BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Mollie Sussman, Fall 2010-Spring 2013 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Steve Leung, Fall 2012-Spring 2013 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Logan Troppito, Fall 2012-Spring 2013 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Julie Xu, Fall 2012-Spring 2013 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Teddy Guenin, Summer 2012 (Be Undergraduate, Penn)
Nailah Seale, Summer 2012 (Howard University, REU Program)
Greg Winter, Summer 2012 (High School Student)
Emily Zhang, Summer 2011 (High School Student)
Yuk Mun Li, Summer 2011 (Syracuse University, REU Program)
David Zhai, Spring 2010-Summer 2011 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Cyrus Huang, Fall 2010-Spring 2011 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Fabio Raman, Fall 2010-Spring 2011 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Sophia Chen, Fall 2010-Spring 2011 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Cari Meisel, Spring 2010-Summer 2010 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Ormarie Vazquez, Summer 2010 (University of Puerto Rico, REU Program)
Matthew Canver, Fall 2009-Spring 2010 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Zen Liu, Summer 2008-Spring 2010 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Michael Beecham, Spring 2008-Spring 2010 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Katherine Wu, Spring 2007-Spring 2010 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Vyas Ramanan, Summer 2008-Summer 2009 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Kolin Hribar, Summer 2008-Spring 2009 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Robert Mozia, Summer 2007-Summer 2008 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Eric Cohen, Summer 2009-Fall 2009 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Anthony Peters, Fall 2008-Spring 2009 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Ben Hsu, Fall 2008-Spring 2009 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Ludovic Vincent, Fall 2008-Spring 2009 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Louis Wang, Fall 2008-Spring 2009 (MSE Undergraduate, Penn)
Rachel Howitt, Spring 2008-Fall 2008 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Felix Messerschmitt, Spring 2008 (ETH Visiting Student)
Robert Metter, Summer 2006-Spring 2008 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Chia Wu, Fall 2007-Spring 2008 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Jason Phan, Fall 2007-Spring 2008 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Daniela Michelis, Fall 2007-Spring 2008 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Elizabeth Hirst, Summer 2007 (George Washington University, REU Program)
Andrea Tan, Summer 2006-Summer 2007 (BE/MSE Undergraduate, Penn)
Clarence Quah, Spring 2007 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Radhika Gupta, Fall 2006-Spring 2007 (MSE Undergraduate, Penn)
Alex Kent, Fall 2006-Spring 2007 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Will Lee, Fall 2006-Spring 2007 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Sounok Sen, Fall 2006-Spring 2007 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
An Nguyen, Fall 2006-Spring 2007 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Surbhi Puri, Fall 2005-Spring 2006 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)

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