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Anseth, Kristi

Distinguished Professor and the Tony Tisone Chair


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research overview

  • The Anseth group designs biomaterial scaffolds with highly-controlled architectures and chemistries for three-dimensional cell culture, tissue regeneration, and biological assays. We are particularly interested in understanding how cells receive information from their microenvironment and then use this information to design functional biomaterials. Our approach exploits classical engineering principles and modeling, as control is required on many time scales, from seconds to months, and on many size scales, from the molecular to macroscopic. Our research spans the spectrum of fundamental studies to better understand the role of the biomaterial environment on cell function and the biology of tissue formation to targeted clinical applications in the design of in situ forming cell carriers that promote healing. We design materials for both applied clinical applications, as well as advanced in vitro models for drug screening to treat disease.


  • Biomaterials, regenerative medicine, stem cells and polymer chemistry


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courses taught

  • CHEM 6901 - Research in Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.
  • CHEN 1000 - Creative Technology
    Secondary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Delve into cutting-edge topics such as the science of climate change, biotechnology, biomedical devices, advanced materials, renewable energy, and environmental sustainability! This course will introduce undergraduate students to the most recent concepts in technology and how these concepts impact all aspects of life, including human health and the health of the planet.
  • CHEN 4805 - Biomaterials
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Provides an overview of biomaterials. Covers major classes of materials used in medical applications, properties, degradation mechanisms, and characterization methods, foreign body response, methods to control physiological response to biomaterial surfaces, biocompatibility, biomaterials used in soft and hard tissue replacements, drug delivery devices and tissue engineering, and design criteria for developing a material for a given biological application. Recommended prerequisite: CHEM 3331.
  • 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 5838 - Special Topics in Chemical Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    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 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023
    May be repeated up to 5 total credit hours.


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