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


  • Dan Hunt's manuscript on engineered matrices for human intestinal organoid culture was published in Advanced Science!


  • 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!


  • Prof. Heilshorn presented a seminar at the virtual Medicine by Design Symposium organized by the University of Toronto.
  • The Heilshorn lab welcomed two new graduate students to the group: Chris Long and Neil Baugh!
  • Pam Cai had a manuscript published on DLS microrheology in Soft Matter.


  • Lucia Brunel and Michelle Huang successfully passed their PhD qualifying exams in the Chemical Engineering Department! Congrats to the new candidates!
  • Sarah Hull, Chris Lindsay, and Lucia Brunel had a paper published in Advanced Functional Materials on a universal strategy for 3D bioprinting.
  • Dan Hunt successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis in the Chemical Engineering Department. Congrats to the newly minted Dr. Dan!
  • Riley Suhar had a manuscript published in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering on using ELP to support peripheral nerve regeneration.
  • Prof. Heilshorn presented a webinar titled “Designing Bespoke Bioinks” for the International Society for Biofabrication.

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