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Principal Investigator
Jason A. Burdick

Jason A. Burdick, PhD
Robert D. Bent Professor
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
  • Young Talent Award, Conference of Molecular Engineering of Polymers, 2016
  • Editorial Board, Biofabrication
  • Clemson Award for Basic Research, Society for Biomaterials, 2018
  • George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, 2018
  • Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers, Clarivate Analytics, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Chaffer Visiting Fellowship, University of Otago – New Zealand, 2019
  • Acta Biomaterialia Silver Medal Award, 2019
  • Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2019
  • Editorial Board, Advanced Healthcare Materials
  • Fellow, National Academy of Inventors, 2019
  • Fellow Biomaterials Science and Engineering, IUS-BSE, 2020
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Post-Doctoral/Medical Fellows
Matthew Davidson Taimoor Qazi Claire Witherel
Matthew Davidson, PhD Taimoor H. Qazi, PhD Claire Witherel, PhD
PhD, Bioengineering,
Colorado State University, 2016
PhD, Biotechnology,
Technical University of Berlin and Charité Berlin, Germany, 2017
PhD, Biomedical Engineering,
Drexel University, 2019

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Graduate Students
Jonathan Galarraga Selen Uman Victoria Muir Margaret Prendergast
Jonathan Galarraga Selen Uman Victoria Muir Margaret Prendergast
BS, Chemical Engineering
University of Delaware, 2016

NSF Fellow

Project: Biofabrication Approaches for Cartilage Repair
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Yale University, 2015

AHA Fellow

MD/PhD Student

Project: Injectable Hydrogels for Therapeutic Extracellular Vesicle Delivery to the Heart
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2018

NSF Fellow

Project: Engineered Granular Hydrogels for Musculoskeletal Tissue Repair
BS, Bioengineering, University of Maryland, 2015

NSF Fellow

Project: 3D Printing to Guide Multi-scale Cellular and Scaffold Properties
Abhishek Dhand Niko Di Caprio Karen Xu
Abhishek Dhand Niko Di Caprio Karen Xu
BS, Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, India 2018
MS, Chemical Engineering,
University of Pennsylvania, 2020

Project: 3D Printed Tough Hydrogels for Tissue Repair
BS, Bioengineering, Temple University, 2019

Project: Injectable Hydrogel Composites for Cartilage Tissue Engineering
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, 2018

MD/PhD Student

Project: Injectable Scaffolds for Meniscus Tissue Repair
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Laboratory Alumni

Research Specialists/Technicians
Karyll Davis, Fall 2017-Summer 2018
Andrew Rouff, Summer 2016-Summer 2017
Janna Sloand, Summer 2015-Summer 2016
Sarah van Keulen, Fall 2014-Summer 2015
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/Medical Fellows
Claudia Loebel, MD, PhD, Summer 2016-Summer 2021
Project: Visualizing and Engineering Cell-Hydrogel Interactions

Andy Daly, PhD, Spring 2018-Spring 2021
Project: Biofabrication in Cardiac Tissue Models

Katrina Wisdom, PhD, Fall 2018-Spring 2020
Project: Injectable Hydrogels in Cartilage Repair

Mikyung Shin, PhD, Spring 2018-Summer 2019
Project: Gallol-based HA Hydrogels for Injection and 3D Printing

Kwang Hoon Song, PhD, Summer 2015-Summer 2019
Project: 3D Printing and Electrospinning of Structured Hydrogels

Sebastian Vega, PhD, Spring 2015-Summer 2018
Project: Screening Hydrogel Microenvironments for Cartilage Repair

Christopher Highley, PhD, Fall 2012-Fall 2017
Project: 3D-printing of Hydrogels

Yi-Cheun Yeh, PhD, Fall 2014-Summer 2017
Project: Biodegradable and Dynamic Elastomers

Adrianne Rosales, PhD, Fall 2014-Summer 2017 (visiting postdoc)
Project: Dynamic Photoresponsive Hydrogels

Kalil Abdullah, MD, Summer 2016-Summer 2017
Project: Injectable Hydrogels to treat Glioblastoma

Su-Chin Heo, PhD, Summer 2015-Fall 2016
Project: Cell Migration through Fibrous Matrices

Dawn Pedrotty, MD, PhD, Summer 2015-Summer 2016
Project: Injectable Hydrogels in Cardiac Repair

Steven Caliari, PhD, Fall 2013-Summer 2016
Project: Dynamic Hydrogels to Probe Mechanotransduction in Disease

Julianne Holloway, PhD, Summer 2012-Fall 2015
Project: Engineered Hydrogels for Musculoskeletal Applications

Brendan Purcell, PhD, Summer 2013-Summer 2014
Project: MMP-Degradable Hydrogels for Cardiac Repair

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
Minna Chen, PhD, AHA Fellow, Fall 2013-Summer 2019
Dissertation: Injectable Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels for the Delivery of Cell-based Therapeutics to the Heart

Mi Kwon, PhD, NSF Fellow, Spring 2014-Summer 2019
Dissertation: Engineering the Interface: Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels that Mediate MSC Chondrogenesis for Cartilage Tissue Engineering

Josh Mealy, PhD, NSF Fellow, Spring 2014-Summer 2018
Dissertation: Guest-host Interactions to Engineer Injectable Hydrogels for Controlled Degradation and Release for Cardiac Repair

Leo Wang, PhD, NIH F30 Fellow, Fall 2014-Spring 2018
Dissertation: Injectable Hydrogels to Deliver RNA Interference Therapeutics for Myocardial Infarction

Christopher Rodell, PhD, AHA Fellow, Spring 2012-Summer 2016
Dissertation: Development of Shear-thinning and Self-healing Hydrogels through Guest-Host Interactions for Biomedical Applications

Ryan Wade, PhD, NSF Fellow, Fall 2010-Summer 2015
Dissertation: Engineering Extracellular Matrix Signals into Fibrous Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels

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
Bárbara Mendes, Spring 2019-Summer 2019 (PhD, University of Minho)
Gabe Mickel, Fall 2018-Summer 2019 (MS, Penn Nanotechnology)
Tibby Duan, Spring 2018-Spring 2019 (MS, Penn BE)
Andrew Rouff, Summer 2016-Spring 2017 (MS, Penn BE)
Mu-Huan Lee, Fall 2016-Summer 2017 (MS, Penn BE/MSE)
James Howard, Summer 2016-Spring 2017 (MS, Penn MSE)
Sara Trujillo-Munoz, Fall 2016 (PhD, University of Glasgow - Scotland)
Liliang Ouyang, Summer 2015-Fall 2016 (PhD, Tsinghua University - China)
Renata Sala, Summer 2015-Summer 2016 (PhD, Federal University of Sao Carlos - Brazil)
Janna Sloand, Summer 2015-Spring 2016 (MS, Penn BE)
Neville Dusaj, Summer 2015-Spring 2016 (MS, Penn Biochemistry)
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
Bruce Enzmann, Summer 2020-Summer 2021 (NSF REU Program)
Julio Rivera De Jesus, Summer 2021 (NSF REU Program)
Kayla Brown, Summer 2021 (NSF REU Program)
Christina Hummel, Summer 2019 (NSF REU Program)
Patricia Mensah, Summer 2019 (SUIP Program)
Zhengkun Chen, Fall 2018 (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Anna Schoonen, Summer 2018 (NSF REU Program)
Nikolas Di Caprio, Summer 2018 (NSF REU Program)
Claude King, Summer 2017 (NSF REU Program)
Jon Durel, Summer 2017 (NSF REU Program)
Matthew Morrow, Summer 2016 (NSF REU Program)
Elizabeth Soulas, Summer 2015 (NSF REU Program)
Justin Morena, Spring 2015 to Summer 2015 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Gi Yun Lee, Spring 2014 to Spring 2015 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Ethan Bassin, Summer 2013 to Spring 2015 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
Jeffrey Chudakoff, Fall 2014 to Spring 2015 (BE Undergraduate, Penn)
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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