Heilshorn Biomaterials Group

Current Members

Please reach out to any lab member if you'd like to learn more about their research!

Principal Investigator

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.

Check out the list of honors and awards our group members have received.

PhD Students

Daniel Hunt

Chemical Engineering

Engineered Intestinal Microenvironments as Preclinical Drug Screening Platforms

dhunt at stanford dot edu

Riley Suhar

Materials Science & Engineering

ELP-based Nerve Guides for the Treatment of Peripheral Nerve Injury

nsuhar at stanford dot edu

Bauer LeSavage


Protein-Engineered Biomaterials for Probing Human Organoid and Stem Cell Behavior in 3D

lesavage at stanford dot edu

Alexis Seymour


Fabrication of in vitro Vascularization through Bio-Ink Design and Delivery of Engineered Growth Factors

aseymour at stanford dot edu

Sarah Hull

Chemical Engineering

Bioorthogonally Crosslinked Hydrogels for 3D Bioprinting and Corneal Wound Healing

smhull at stanford dot edu

Julien Roth

Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Biomaterial Platforms for Modeling Brain Development with Human Stem Cells

jgroth at stanford dot edu

Pam Cai

Chemical Engineering

Microrheology of Mucus to Determine Role of Associated Bacteria and Bacteriophage

pamcai at stanford dot edu

Katarina Klett

Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Engineered Materials for Epithelial Morphogenesis

kklett at stanford dot edu

Lucia Brunel

Chemical Engineering

Materials for 3D Bioprinting

lbrunel at stanford dot edu

Michelle Huang

Chemical Engineering

Protein-Engineered Biomaterials for Modeling Neural Development

michuang at stanford dot edu

Yueming Liu

Materials Science & Engineering

Microrheology and Supramolecular Hydrogels

lym5527 at stanford dot edu

Chris Long

Materials Science & Engineering

Nonlinear Microscopy for Understanding Neurodegenerative Pathology

cmlong at stanford dot edu

Neil Baugh

Materials Science & Engineering

Injectable Hydrogels for Improving Transplanted Cell Survival

njbaugh at stanford dot edu


Mike Kratochvil

PhD Chemistry

Hydrogel Models for Exploring Immune Cell Mechanobiology

mkrat at stanford dot edu

Kelsea Hubka

PhD Bioengineering

Engineering a Functional Human Thymus Gland

hubka at stanford dot edu

Sungchul Shin

PhD Biomaterials Science and Engineering

3D Printing Strategies for Vascular Modeling and Peripheral Nerve Regeneration

scshin at stanford dot edu

Renato Sam Navarro

PhD Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Injectable Hydrogels for the Delivery of Gene-Based Myocardial Infarction Therapy

renatosn at stanford dot edu

Adjunct Professors

Annika Enejder

Adjunct Professor - Materials Science & Engineering

Nonlinear Microscopy (CARS, SRS, SHG, THG, 2-photon fluorescence and FLIM) with Applications in the Materials-, Bio- and Life Sciences

enejder at stanford dot edu

Undergraduate Students

Hana Buabbas

BS Biology

ELP-based Nerve Guides for the Treatment of Peripheral Nerve Injury


Ruby Eka Dewi

Lab Manager & Research Scientist

redewi at stanford dot edu

Naomi Tudor

Administrative Assistant

ntudor at stanford dot edu