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 Congratulates Recent PhDs! June 15th, 2020

The Disease Biophysics Group congratulates Drs. Aaron Glieberman and Blakely O’Connor for defending and submitting their PhD dissertations in the 2019-2020 academic year! The DBG thanks them for their efforts and bids them good luck in their future endeavors.

2019 MRS Conference Award Winners December 10th, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Luke MacQueen and Dr. John Zimmerman for the Best Poster and Best Poster Nominee awards at the 2019 MRS in Boston!

Luke MacQueen
John Zimmerman

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

Featured Publications

138. Fioretta ES, Motta SE, Lintas Valentina, Loerakker S, Parker KK, Baaijens FPT, Falk V, Hoerstrup SP, and Emmert MY. Next-generation tissue-engineered heart valves with repair, remodelling and regeneration capacity. Nat Rev Cardiol. 2020 Sep 9. doi: 10.1038/s41569-020-0422-8.

137. Gonzalez GM, Ward J, Song J, Swana K, Fossey SA, Palmer JL, Zhang FW, Lucian VM, Cera L, Zimmerman JF, Burpo FJ, and Parker KK. para-Aramid Fiber Sheets for Simultaneous Mechanical and Thermal Protection in Extreme Environments. Matter. 2020 Sept. 02; doi:

136. Parker, KK. Some Data Is Hard To Get-Some Data You Have to Be Hard to Get. Matter. 2020 Sept 02; doi:

135. Cera L, Gonzalez GM, Liu Q, Choi S, Chantre CO, Lee J, Gabardi R, Choi MC, Shin K, Parker KK. A bioinspired and hierarchically structured shape-memory material. Nat. Mater. 31 Aug 2020;

134. Herland A, Maoz BM, FitzGerald EA, Grevesse T, Vidoudez C, Sheehy SP, Budnik N, Dauth S, Mannix R, Budnik B, Parker KK, Ingber DE. Proteomic and Metabolomic Characterization of Human Neurovascular Unit Cells in Response to Methamphetamine. Advanced Biosystems. 03 Aug 2020;

133. O’Connor BB, Pope B, Peters MM, Ris-Stalpers C, Parker KK. The role of extracellular matrix in normal and pathological pregnancy: Future applications of microphysiological systems in reproductive medicine. Experimental Biology and Medicine. 08 July 2020;

132. Ahn S, Chantre CO, Ardoña HAM, Gonzalez GM, Campbell PH, Parker KK. Biomimetic and estrogenic fibers promote tissue repair in mice and human skin via estrogen receptor β. Biomaterials. 2020 May 28; doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2020.120149