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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A Belated Farewell and Congratulations to Dr. Ardoña! October 14th, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Herdeline Ardoña, who has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the University of California Irvine Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. She joined the Disease Biophysics Group as a postdoctoral fellow in 2017 and was an essential part of our research and mentoring team. Best of luck to you as you settle in and get your research group up and running!

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!

Featured Publications

141. Yadid M, Lind JU, Herdeline AMA, Sheehy SP, Dickinson LE, Eweje F, Bastings MCB, Pope B, O’Connor BB, Straubhaar JR, Budnik B, Kleber AG, Parker KK. Endothelial extracellular vesicles contain protective proteins and rescue ischemia-reperfusion injury in a human heart-on-chip. Science Translational Medicine. 14 Oct 2020; Vol. 12, Issue 565, eaax8005. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aax8005

140. Pope BD, Warren CR, Dahl MO, Pizza CV, Henze DE, Sinatra NR, Gonzalez GM, Chang H, Liu Q, Gleiberman AL, Ferrier JP, Cowan CA, Parker KK. Fattening chips: hypertrophy, feeding, and fasting of human white adipocytes in vitro. Lab on a Chip. 21 Sept 2020; PMID: 33034335

139. Aytac Z, Huang R, Vaze N, Xu T, Eitzer BD, Krol W, MacQueen LA, Chang H, Bousfield DW, Chan-Park MB, Ng KW, Parker KK, White JC, and Demokritou, P. Development of biodegradable and antimicrobial electrospun zein fibers for food packaging. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 21 Sept 2020;

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. 09 Sep 2020; 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. 02 Sept 2020; doi:

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