Heilshorn Biomaterials Group

The Heilshorn group designs materials that mimic the nano- and micro-scale order found in nature for applications in regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, and biology.

Who We Are

We are a collaborative team of research scientists and trainees spanning several disciplines and a range of educational experiences. We believe diversity in thought is at the core of successful interdisciplinary research and scientific advancement. To this end, we welcome contributions from all individuals, drawing on their own unique scientific and personal backgrounds. We actively foster a supportive and equitable learning environment through mutual respect, social connection, and mentorship.

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What We Believe

We believe that we achieve our most influential learning and our most innovative research when we work together to empower one another.

We believe that a diverse scientific community is imperative for the advancement of STEM, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, familial responsibilities, age, ability status, neurodiversity, religious beliefs, citizenship status, and country of origin.

We believe Black Lives Matter.

We believe all spaces are LGBTQ+ spaces.

We believe that we each have an individual responsibility to identify actions we can personally take to create a more inclusive STEM community that benefits from all voices.

We believe it is our collective duty to educate ourselves about the historical and current inequities that cause some groups to be underrepresented and undervalued in STEM.

What We Do (video)

Recent News


  • Bauer LeSavage's review "Next-generation cancer organoids" was published in Nature Materials!
  • Julien Roth and Michelle Huang's review on how biomaterials guide human brain development was published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience!
  • Alexis Seymour and Sungchul Shin had a manuscript published in Advanced Healthcare Materials!


  • The Heilshorn lab welcomes Hamish Carr Delgado as a summer rotation student!
  • The Heilshorn lab will host 6 undergraduate students over the summer. Welcome Baraah Abdo, Ulo Freitas, Jessica Ha, Briana Cristal Martin-Villa, Coco Sanabria, and Victoria Villarreal!


  • Dan Hunt's manuscript on engineered matrices for human intestinal organoid culture was published in Advanced Science!
  • The Heilshorn lab welcomed two more new graduate students to the group: Narelli de Paiva Narciso from Materials Science & Engineering and Vincent Cornelius from Bioengineering!


  • Brad Krajina's manuscript "Microrheology reveals simultaneous cell-mediated matrix stiffening and fluidization that underlie breast cancer invasion" was published in Science Advances!
  • Bauer LeSavage had a News & Views article published in Nature Materials!

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