Prof. Dennis Discher
Biophysical Eng. and Nanobiopolymers Lab

Pseudo colored total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) image of a cell protrusion.

Matthew Raab

Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate Program (2005-2007)
M.S. in Bioengineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2007
B.S. in Bioengineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2006

email: raabm 'at' seas upenn edu
phone: 215-898-4809

Current Research Interests

Cell and Molecular Engineering. Currently working on the biomechanical effects the matrix has on mesenchymal stem cell behavior. Characterizing 'micro-elasticities' of real tissues using atomic force microscopy (AFM).

Awards and Fellowships

GAANN Fellowship
Ashton Fellowship
Best Undergraduate Honors Thesis Award in Bioengineering (2006)


M. Raab and W. O. Hancock. Transport and detection of unlabeled nucleotide targets by microtubules functionalized with molecular beacons, Biotechnology and Bioengineering 99 764 (2007) [Abstract] [pdf]

A. J. Engler, C. Carag-Krieger, C. P. Johnson, M. Raab, H. Tang D, W, Speicher, J. W. Sanger, J. M. Sanger, and D. E. Discher. Embryonic cardiomyocytes beta best on a matrix with heart-like elasticity:scar-like rigidity inhibits beating, Journal of Cell Science 128 3794 (2008) [Abstract] [pdf]

Professional Experience

Boston Scientific Corporation - Intern (2006) - vascular biology research on drug-eluting stents

Conference Presentations

Matthew Raab, Karthikan Rajagopal, Florian Rehfeldt, Manorama Terawi, Chi Wang, and Dennis Discher. Elastic Niches and Capillaries tuned for 3D Matrix Control of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation. Biomedical Engineering Society. 2008, St. Louis.



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