The Disease Biophysics Group (DBG) at Harvard University is an interdisciplinary team of biologists, physicists, engineers and material scientists actively researching the structure/function relationship in cardiac, neural, and vascular smooth muscle tissue engineering.
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DBG Alumni Awarded ERC Starting Grant November 12th, 2019

Congratulations to DBG alumni Francesco Pasqualini (University of Pavia, Italy) and Ben Maoz (Tel Aviv University, Israel), and longtime associate Maximilian Emmert (Universität Zürich, Switzerland), for being awarded the prestigious ERC Starting Grant this year!

Farewell Seungkuk! September 5th, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Seungkuk Ahn, who has accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biophysics Group in ETH Zürich with Professor Daniel J. Müller. Seungkuk joined the Disease Biophysics Group as a graduate student in 2012, and departed for Switzerland this past month. Congratulations Seungkuk!

Thank you to our 2019 summer students! September 5th, 2019

Thank you to the undergraduate students who visited our lab this summer. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

Riley Flores
Rudy Gabardi
James Ikeda
Christina Pizza
Danielle Gamboa
Carlos Marquez

Welcome 2019 Summer Students! June 17th, 2019

The Disease Biophysics Group welcomes our 2019 summer students! From left to right: Rudy Gabardi, Carlos Marquez, James Ikeda, Christina Pizza, Danielle Gamboa, and Riley Flores. Best of luck on your summer research projects!

Congratulations to our new Ph.D.’s! June 7th, 2019

Congratulations to our newest PhD recipients Grant Gonzalez and Seungkuk Ahn! We thank them for their excellent achievements, and are looking forward to seeing their future work.

Featured Publications

124. MacQueen LM, Alver CG, Chantre CO, Ahn S, Cera L, Gonzalez GM, O’Connor BB, Drennan DJ, Peters MM, Motta SE, Zimmerman JF, Parker KK. Muscle tissue engineering in fibrous gelatin: implications for meat analogs. npj Science of Food. 2019 Oct 21;

123. Eweje F, Ardoña HAM, Zimmerman JF, O’Connor BB, Ahn S, Grevesse T, Rivera KN, Demokritou P, Parker KK. Quantifying the effects of engineered nanomaterials on endothelial cell architecture and vascular barrier integrity using a cell pair model. Nanoscale. 2019 Sept 24; doi 10.1039/C9NR04981A

122. Glieberman AL, Pope BD, Zimmerman JF, Liu Q, Ferrier JP, Kenty JHR, Schrell AM, Mukhitov N, Shores KL, Tepole AB, Melton DA, Roper MG, Parker KK. Synchronized Stimulation and Continuous Insulin Sensing in a Microfluidic Human Islet on a Chip Designed for Scalable Manufacturing Lab on a Chip. 2019 August 29; doi: 10.1039/C9LC00253G

121. Sinatra NR, Teeple CB, Vogt DM, Parker KK, Gruber DG, Wood RJ. Ultragentle Manipulatoin of Delicate Structures Using a Soft Robotic Gripper. Science Robotics 2019 Aug 21; doi: 10.1126/scirobotics.aax5425

120. Ahn S, Ardoña HAM, Campbell PH, Gonzalez GM, Parker KK. Alfalfa Nanofibers for Dermal Wound Healing. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 2019 Aug 1; doi: 10.1021/acsami.9b07626

119. Park SJ, Zhang D, Qi Y, Li Y, Lee KY, Bezzerides VJ, Yang P, Xia S, Kim SL, Liu X, Lu F, Pasqualini FS, Campbell PH, Geva J, Roberts A, Kleber AG, Abrams DJ, Pu WT, Parker KK. Insights Into the Pathogenesis of Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia From Engineered Human Heart Tissue. Circulation. 2019 Jul 30; 140(5):390-404. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.119.039711

118. Soum V, Park S, Brilian AI, Kim Y, Ryu MY, Brazell T, Burpo FJ, Parker KK, Kwon OS, Shin K. Inkjet-Printed Carbon Nanotubes for Fabricating a Spoof Fingerprint on Paper. ACS Omega. 2019 May 16; 4(5):8626-31. doi: 10.1021/acsomega.9b00936