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Bryant, Stephanie J

Professor and Thomas F. Austin Faculty Fellow


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research overview

  • Dr. Bryant's research focuses on designing 3D biomaterials, which she employs 3D models to answer fundamental biological questions and designs 3D cell scaffolds to guide tissue growth and integration for regenerative medicine. In particular, her laboratory has a keen interest in understanding mechanotransduction pathways in cells and understanding the importance of loading in tissue regeneration for cartilage, bone, tendon, and cardiovascular tissues. Her laboratory has also been very interested in uncovering the mechanisms of how the body responds to implanted biomaterials and using this knowledge to develop novel strategies that promote healing and facilitate integration of the engineered tissue into the host tissue, supporting long-term function. Through careful control over the 3D environment, particularly in the presence of physiological cues, her lab hopes to better understand cellular processes towards translating her materials-based technologies in vivo and improving functional tissue regeneration and integration.


  • tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, biomaterials, mechanotransduction, immunology


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courses taught

  • CHEM 6901 - Research in Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.
  • CHEN 3210 - Chemical Engineering Heat Transfer
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines conservation and transfer of mass and thermal energy. Focuses on conduction and convection of heat in the context of chemical processes and heat exchangers. Addresses radiation. Also studies mass transfer rate processes, including diffusion, microscopic material balances, and correlations for mass transfer coefficients.
  • CHEN 5160 - Systems Analysis of Cells and Tissues
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Required for the Biological Engineering PhD. This course explores how to describe signaling and regulation networks present at the cell and tissue level. Topics include gene expression, stem cell differentiation, homeostasis, and others. Recommended prerequisite: prior experience in introductory biology and/or biochemistry, linear algebra, differential equations, thermodynamics, and organic chemistry.
  • CHEN 5805 - Biological Interactions to Biomaterials
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    Covers major classes of materials used in medical applications. Provide an in-depth view of advanced biomaterial concepts with a focus on biological interactions with materials that relate to protein and cell interactions, the innate and acquired immune response, blood interactions and infection.
  • CHEN 5838 - Special Topics in Chemical Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Graduate-selected topics courses offered upon demand. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • CHEN 5919 - Special Topics in CHBE
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    May be repeated up to 5 total credit hours.
  • CHEN 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2022


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