Cell & Tissue Engineering

Faculty working in cell & tissue engineering: 

faculty photo Adam Arkin

Dean A. Richard Newton Memorial Professor, Bioengineering
Senior Faculty Scientist, Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Director, Berkeley Synthetic Biology Institute
CEO/CSO, DOE Systems Biology Knowledgebase
PI and Co-Director, ENIGMA SFA


The Arkin Lab’s research focuses on the systems and synthetic biology of microorganisms. They are experts in theory, computation and experiments surrounding the modeling of biological systems at the molecular and population level and have developed a number of genome scale technologies with which we can rapidly assess the genomic function of uncharacterized microorganisms. The lab’s models span the deterministic and stochastic analysis of both homogeneous and spatially distributed systems.

faculty photo James Casey

Professor, Bioengineering
Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Theory and applications of solid mechanics to traditional materials and biomaterials.

faculty photo Irina Conboy

Associate Professor, Bioengineering

faculty photo Daniel A. Fletcher

Department Chair
Purnendu Chatterjee Chair in Engineering Biological Systems, Bioengineering
Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


The Fletcher Lab develops diagnostic technologies and studies mechanical regulation of membrane and cytoskeleton organization in the context of cell motility, signaling, and host-pathogen interactions. We specialize in development of optical microscopy, force microscopy, and microfluidic technologies to understand fundamental organizational principles through both in vitro reconstitution and live cell experiments. Recent work includes investigating the mechano-biochemistry of branched actin network assembly with force microscopy, studying membrane deformation by protein crowding and oligomerization with model membranes, and reconstituting spindle scaling in encapsulated cytoplasmic extracts. The long-term goal of our work is to understand and harness spatial organization for therapeutic applications in cancer and infectious diseases.

faculty photo Kevin Healy

Jan Fandrianto Professor, Bioengineering
Professor, Materials Science & Engineering


Research in the Healy Lab emphasizes the relationship between materials and the cells or tissues they contact. The research program focuses on the design and synthesis of bioinspired materials that actively direct the fate of mammalian cells, and facilitate regeneration of damaged tissues and organs. Major discoveries from his laboratory have centered on the control of cell fate and tissue formation in contract with materials that are tunable in both their biological content and mechanical properties. Professor Healy also has extensive experience with human stem cell technologies, microphysiological systems, drug delivery systems, and novel bioconjugate therapeutics.

faculty photo Syed Hossainy

Adjunct Professor, Bioengineering

faculty photo Tony Keaveny

Chancellors Professor, Bioengineering
Chancellors Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Biomechanics of cortical and trabecular bone; design of spine prostheses; bone fracture and osteoporosis; tissue engineering of bone.

faculty photo Sanjay Kumar

Professor and Associate Chair, Bioengineering
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Faculty Scientist, Biological Systems and Engineering, LBNL


Our lab seeks to understand and engineer mechanical and other biophysical communication between cells and materials. In addition to investigating fundamental aspects of this problem with a variety of micro/nanoscale technologies, we are especially interested in discovering how this signaling regulates tumor and stem cell biology in the central nervous system. Recent directions have included: (1) Engineering new tissue-mimetic culture platforms for biophysical studies, molecular analysis, and screening; (2) Exploring mechanobiological signaling systems as targets for limiting the invasion of brain tumors and enhancing stem cell neurogenesis; and (3) Creating new biomaterials inspired by cellular structural networks.

faculty photo Phillip Messersmith

Class of 1941 Endowed Professor of Bioengineering and Materials Science and Engineering


My laboratory is interested in understanding structure-property relationships in biological materials and in using this information to design biologically inspired materials for use in healthcare. Fundamental studies include single molecule and bulk biophysical studies of biointerfacial and bulk mechanochemical phenomena in biological materials, whereas our applied studies the design and synthesis of novel biomaterials for tissue repair and regeneration.

faculty photo Mohammad Mofrad

Professor, Bioengineering
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab


Our research program is focused on understanding cell mechanobiology and molecular mechanisms involved in human disease, in particular cardiovascular dysfunctions, brain and neurological disorders, and cancer.

faculty photo Niren Murthy

Professor, Bioengineering


Our laboratory is focused on developing new materials for drug delivery and molecular imaging.

faculty photo Lisa Pruitt

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Lawrence Talbot Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Characterization of structural evolution in medical grade ultra high molecular weight poliethylene due to sterilization: the implications for total joint replacements.

faculty photo David Rempel

Professor Emeritus, Bioengineering
Professor Emeritus, Medicine, UCSF


The research focus is on hand and arm biomechanics and the design of workplace tools and tasks in order to improve productivity and the quality of work while preventing upper extremity fatigue and injury. The lab has studied designs of tablets, gesture interfaces, keyboards, mice, pipettors, touch screens, dental tools, construction drills, chairs, and agricultural tools. Funding is primarily from NIH and CDC but also from Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, BART, Logitech, and Herman-Miller.

faculty photo Boris Rubinsky

Professor Emeritus, Bioengineering
Professor of the Graduate School, Mechanical Engineering


Bioelectronic devices, biotransport, medical imaging, electrical impedance tomography.

faculty photo David Schaffer

Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Bioengineering
Professor, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
Director, Berkeley Stem Cell Center


Stem cell engineering, Gene delivery and therapy, Gene network biology