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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Thank you to our Summer Students! August 16th, 2017

Thank you to all the undergraduate students who spent time working in the lab over the summer. We wish you all the best this school year!

 

Jenny Wang, United States Military Academy at West Point
Daniel Gray, United States Military Academy at West Point
Nikita Pereverzin, United States Military Academy at West Point
Kathryn Dula, United States Military Academy at West Point
Daniel Drennan, Nicholls State University
Michael Ferris, James Madison University
Karla Rivera, Barry University
John Doyle, University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Madeleine Dahl, Salem State University
Nikita Budnik, McGill University
Karaghen Hudson, Harvard University
Sayo Eweje, Harvard University
Michael Peters, Harvard University
Gabriela Berner, Harvard University

Welcome Dr. Ardoña! August 15th, 2017

The DBG would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Herdeline Ardoña. Herdeline recently completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University,  where she was a part of Prof. Tovar’s lab.  Welcome, Herdeline!

Welcome Dr. Liu! June 23rd, 2017

The DBG would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Qihan Liu. Qihan completed his Ph.D. in Prof. Zhigang Suo’s lab here at Harvard University, where he focused on the mechanics and physics of soft materials.  Welcome, Qihan!

Farewell Jack! June 16th, 2017

The DBG would like to wish Jack Zhou all the best as he leaves us for his next adventure – Medical School. Congratulations Jack!

The DBG welcomes the Orientation and Reach-Back Training class of the U.S. Army May 22nd, 2017

The DBG had the pleasure of hosting the Orientation and Reach-Back Training (ORBT) training class of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Field Assistance in Science and Technology (FAST) program on May 17, 2017. ORBT is a multi-week mission overview program for senior-level Army officers, non-commissioned officers and Department of the Army civilians on the mechanisms for identifying and resolving technology capability gaps for units in their area of operation. The class visit to Professor (Lieutenant Colonel, Reserves) Parker’s Lab is their only visit to a Lab outside the Department of Defense.

The class met with DBG veterans and attended presentations on Stronger, Tougher, and Lighter Soldier Protection Systems; Nanofiber Scaffolds for Wound Healing/Dressings; Traumatic Brain Injury – Understanding Disease Mechanisms; Fibrous Scaffolds for Tissue Engineered Foods; Cells as Engineering Materials – the Cyborg Ray Project; Cuttlefish Inspired Camouflage; and our unique program for embedding Artists-In- Residence in the Lab.

Guests included members from the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM); U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Army Research Laboratory; and RDECOM Research, Development and Engineering Centers.

Pictured below are (clockwise from bottom left): DBG Artist-in- Residence Karaghen Hudson (Harvard Class of 2018); Ms. Valerie Carney (ERDC); Dr. Aimee Poda (ERDC); Dr. (Colonel, Reserves) Steve Hart (RDECOM); Veteran and Program Coordinator John Laursen (Army Retired); Dr. Jerry Ballard (ERDC); Mr. Nathan Frantz (US Army Corps of Engineers); Visiting Scholar and Brigadier General Michael D. Phillips (USA Retired); Dr. Samantha Chambers RDECOM Science Advisor to the XVIII Airborne Corps; and Lieutenant Colonel Jovanna Nelson.

Featured Publications

100. Generali M, Kehl D, Capulli AK, Parker KK, Hoerstrup SP, Weber B. Comparative analysis of poly-glycolic acid-based hybrid polymer starter matrices for in vitro tissue engineering. Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces. 2017 Jul 1;158:203-212. doi: 10.1016/j.colsurfb.2017.06.046. [Epub ahead of print]

99. Ko H, Deravi LF, Park SJ, Jang J, Lee T, Kang C, Lee JS, Parker KK, Shin K. Fabrication of Millimeter-Long Carbon Tubular Nanostructures Using the Self-Rolling Process Inherent in Elastic Protein Layers. Adv Mater. 2017 Jun 19. doi: 10.1002/adma.201701732. [Epub ahead of print]

98. Maoz BM, Herland A, Henry OYF, Leineweber WD, Yadid M, Doyle J, Mannix R, Kujala VJ, Fitzgerald EA, Parker KK, Ingber DE. Organs-on-Chips with combined multi-electrode array and transepithelial electrical resistance measurement capabilities. Lab Chip. 2017 June 7. doi: 10.1039/c7lc00412e[Epub ahead of print]

97. Capulli AK, Emmert MY, Pasqualini FS, Kehl D, Caliskan E, Lind JU, Sheehy SP, Park SJ, Ahn S, Weber B, Goss JA, Hoerstrup SP, Parker KK. JetValve: Rapid manufacturing of biohybrid scaffolds for biomimetic heart valve replacement.
Biomaterials. 2017 Apr 18;133:229-241. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2017.04.033. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 28445803

96. Emmert MY, Wolint P, Jakab A, Sheehy SP, Pasqualini FS, Nguyen TD, Hilbe M, Seifert B, Weber B, Brokopp CE, Macejovska D, Caliskan E, von Eckardstein A, Schwartlander R, Vogel V, Falk V, Parker KK, Gyöngyösi M, Hoerstrup SP. Safety and efficacy of cardiopoietic stem cells in the treatment of post-infarction left-ventricular dysfunction – From cardioprotection to functional repair in a translational pig infarction model.
Biomaterials. 2017 Apr;122:48-62. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2016.11.029. Epub 2016 Nov 23.
PMID: 28107664

95. Sheehy SP, Grosberg A, Qin P, Behm DJ, Ferrier JP, Eagleson MA, Nesmith AP, Krull D, Falls JG, Campbell PH, McCain ML, Willette RN, Hu E, Parker KK. Toward improved myocardial maturity in an organ-on-chip platform with immature cardiac myocytes.
Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2017 Jan 1:1535370217701006. doi: 10.1177/1535370217701006. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 28343439

94. Deravi LF, Sinatra NR, Chantre CO, Nesmith AP, Yuan H, Deravi SK, Goss JA, MacQueen LA, Badrossamy MR, Gonzalez GM, Phillips MD, Parker KKDesign and fabrication of fibrous nanomaterials using pull spinning. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering. 17 January 2017. DOI: 10.1002/mame.201600404. [Epub ahead of print].