News

2016

  • Philip Brudnicki is a winner of the 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. His thesis work will focus on the development of biomaterials for the delivery of various minerals and factors that support tissue growth and repair, particularly in large bone defects; congratulations Phil!
  • Jenny Robinson is a recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, F32 Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The three-year award will fund Dr. Robinson’s research focused on understanding the sex predilection of jaw joint (temporomandibular joint (TMJ)) osteoarthritis and highlighting therapeutic targets to delay estrogen-mediated TMJ degeneration. Congratulations Jenny!
  • Nancy Lee successfully defends her doctoral thesis entitled "Design and Optimization of an Integrative Periodontal Ligament Scaffold"; congratulations Nancy!

2015

  • Margaret Boushell successfully defends her doctoral thesis entitled "Scaffold Design and Optimization for Integrative Cartilage Repair"; congratulations Maggie!
  • Xinzhi Zhang successfully defends her doctoral thesis entitled "Nanofiber-Based Scaffold for Integrative Rotator Cuff Repair"; congratulations Xinzhi!
  • Dovina Qu, Danielle Bogdanowicz, Margaret Boushell, and Nancy Lee represented the Columbia University chapter of the Society For Biomaterials in the Biomaterials Education Challenge at this year's SFB meeting, where their project "Exploring Structure-Function Relationships in Scaffold Design," (additional co-authors: Silverstein AM, Mosher CZ) won first place; congratulations!
  • Margaret Boushell wins a Society for Biomaterials Student Travel Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award for Outstanding Abstract at the 2015 Society for Biomaterials Meeting for her work on "Dose-dependent effects of CDA on chondrocyte response on polymer-ceramic composite scaffolds", co-authors: Caparino KR and Lu HH; congratulations Maggie!
  • Christopher Mosher is a winner of the 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. His thesis work will focus on the design of biomimetic scaffolds for integrative osteochondral interface repair; congratulations Chris!

2014

  • Sagaw Prattepchinda successfully defends her doctoral thesis entitled "Bioactive Hydrogel Scaffold for Guided Dental Pulp Regeneration"; congratulations Fai!
  • Philip Chuang successfully defends his doctoral thesis entitled "Development and Characterization of Ion Encapsulated Liposomes for Vesicle-Mediated Biomineralization"; congratulations Phil!
  • Hyunji (Hannah) Park is a winner of the Amgen Undergraduate Research Fellowship; congratulations Hannah!
  • Siddarth Subramony wins a Society for Biomaterials Student Travel Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award for Outstanding Abstract at the 2014 Society for Biomaterials Meeting for his work on "Multi-phased nanofiber-based scaffold for functional ACL tissue engineering", co-authors: Qu D, Ma R, Schaer M, Guo XE, Doty SB, Rodeo SA and Lu HH; congratulations Sid!

2013

  • Siddarth Subramony successfully defends his doctoral thesis entitled "Nanofiber-Based Scaffold for Integrative Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction"; congratulations Sid!
  • Philip Chuang wins a Society for Biomaterials Student Travel Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award for Outstanding Abstract at the 2013 Society for Biomaterials Meeting for his work on "Synthetic matrix vesicles modulate mineralization response of human osteoblast-like cells", co-authors: Kam LC, and Lu HH. Siddarth Subramony, Sagaw Prateepchinda, and Nancy Lee also win honorable mentions; congratulations lab!

2012

  • Nora Khanarian successfully defends her doctoral thesis entitled "Design and Optimization of an Osteochondral Interface Scaffold" and graduates with distinction; congratulations Nora!

2011

  • Xinzhi Zhang is a recipient of the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Fellowship; congratulations Xinzhi!
  • Kristen Moffat wins the Orthopaedic Research Society New Investigator Recognition Award (NIRA) for Outstanding Research at the 2011 Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting; congratulations Kristen!

2010

  • Kristen Moffat successfully defends her doctoral thesis entitled "Biomimetic Nanofiber Scaffold Design for Tendon-to-Bone Interface Tissue Engineering" and recieves the Yuen-huo Hung and Chao-chin Huang Award in Biomedical Engineering; congratulations Kristen!
  • Siddarth Subramony wins a Society for Biomaterials Student Travel Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award for Outstanding Abstract at the 2010 Society for Biomaterials Meeting; he will be presenting his work entitled "Comparison of ligament fibroblast response on PLGA and PCL nanofiber scaffolds", co-authors: Dargis BR, Castillo M, Azeloglu EU, Tracey MS and Lu HH; congratulations Sid!

2009

  • Adebola Adeniran is a recipient of the American Chemical Society undergraduate scholarship; congratulations Bola!
  • Professor Lu receives the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), being one of 12 National Institutes of Health nominated winners; congratulations Professor! (SEAS announcement)
  • New Research Grant Award from New York State Stem Cell Science (NYSTEM) and the New York State Department of Health; this project will support our work on integrative rotator cuff repair and tendon-bone interface tissue engineering using adult stem cells. (Department announcement)
  • Siddarth Subramony is a winner of the 2009 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. His thesis work will focus on the design of biomimetic scaffolds for integrated anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction; congratulations Sid!
  • Kristen Moffat wins a Society for Biomaterials Student Travel Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award for Outstanding Abstract at the 2009 Society for Biomaterials Meeting; she will be presenting her work entitled "Nanofiber composite for tendon-to-bone interface tissue engineering", co-authors: Subramony SD, Kim YN, Doty SB, Costa KD and Lu HH; congratulations Kristen!
  • Ray Cheng receives Honorable Mention at 2009 Birnberg Research Day sponsored by the William Jarvie Society; he will be presenting his work entitled "Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)-enriched alginate hydrogel promotes growth and angiogenesis of dental pulp-derived cells" at the 2009 Society for Biomaterials Meeting in San Antonio; congratulations Ray!
  • Michael Tracey is awarded the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at Columbia; congratulations Michael!
  • Kristen Moffat wins Best Research Paper Award (doctoral level) at the 9th International Symposium of Ligaments and Tendons. Her abstract is entitled "Nanofiber-based Scaffold System for Tendon-to-Bone Integration", co-authors: Kim YN, Subramony SD, Doty SB and Lu HH; congratulations Kristen!

2008

  • The NFL supports interface tissue engineering research. (SEAS announcement)
  • I-Ning Elaine Wang successfully defends her thesis entitled "The Role of Heterotypic Cellular Interactions in the Regeneration of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament-to-Bone Interface", congratulations Elaine!
  • Kristen Moffat wins the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Young Investigator Award (doctoral student level). Her abstract is entitled "Nanofiber-based scaffold system for tendon-to-bone integration"; congratulations Kristen! (Department announcement)
  • Professor Lu receives the 2008 Society for Biomaterials Young Investigator Award at the 8th World Biomaterials Congress in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Congratulations Professor!
  • New funding for interface tissue engineering (Department announcement)
  • Kristen Moffat wins a Society for Biomaterials Student Travel Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award for Outstanding Abstract at the 2008 Society for Biomaterials Meeting; she will be presenting her work entitled "Fibrochondrogenic differentiation of hMSCs on nanofiber scaffolds with and without hydroxyapatite nanoparticles", co-authors: Kwei ASP, Doty SB and Lu HH. Congratualations Kristen!
  • Our research has been featured on the National Academy of Engineering Radio Series on Engineering Innovation; "Engineering Knee Ligaments", broadcasted on WTOP and WFED-AM 1050.
  • Kristen Moffat's abstract entitled "Nanofibers for integrative tendon repair" was selected for a short talk at the 2008 Gordon Research Conference (Musculoskeletal Biology and Bioengineering), co-authors: Sun SW, Spalazzi JP, Doty SB, Levine WN and Lu HH.
  • Nora Khanarian is a winner of the 2008 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship; congratulations Nora!
  • Sara McArdle is a winner of the Amgen Undergraduate Research Fellowship; congratulations Sara!
  • Jeffrey Spalazzi successfully defends his doctoral thesis entitled "Biomimetic Multi-Phasic Scaffold Design for Orthopedic Interface Tissue Engineering" and graduates with distinction; congratulations Jeff!
  • Jeffrey Spalazzi wins the Best Graduate Research Paper award at 8th International Symposium of Ligaments and Tendons; "Design of a novel stratified scaffold for ACL-to-bone interface tissue engineering", co-authors: Moffat KL, Rodeo SA and Lu HH.
  • Tissue Engineering and Art at the MoMA exhibit "Design and the Elastic Mind": "Victimless Leather-A Prototype of Stitch-less Jacket Grown in a Technoscientific Body". (SEAS announcement)

2007

  • Jie Jiang successfully defends his doctoral thesis entitled "The Role of Cellular Interactions in Osteochondral Graft Design and the Maintenance of a Stable Osteochondral Interface"; congratulations Jay!
  • Jeffrey Spalazzi wins a Society for Biomaterials Student Travel Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award for Outstanding Abstract; he will be presenting his work entitled "In vivo evaluation of heterotypic cellular interactions on a tri-phasic scaffold for soft tissue-to-bone integration", co-authors: Dagher E, Doty SB, Guo XE, Rodeo SA and Lu HH; congratulations Jeff!
  • Kristen Moffat wins a Society for Biomaterials Student Travel Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award for Outstanding Abstract; she will be presenting her work entitled "Characterization of nanofiber biodegradable polymer scaffold for human rotator cuff fibroblasts", co-authors: Sun SW, Spalazzi JP, Doty SB, Levine WN and Lu HH; congratulations Kristen!
  • Soo Kim wins the American Association of Endodontists Resident Research Presentation Award (2nd prize); "Evaluation of type 1 collagen for human pulp fibroblast culturing", co-Authors: Teng J, Lu HH and Hasselgren BG; congratulations Soo!
  • Jeffrey Spalazzi's research was featured on the cover of the Biomaterials Forum (Society for Biomaterials).

2002-2006

  • Natalie Leong wins the 2006 Barry Goldwater Undergraduate Research Fellowship; congratulations Natalie!
  • Zhenni Zhou wins the 2005 Barry Goldwater Undergraduate Research Fellowship; congratulations Zhenni!
  • Paul Pena and Ngozi Okoh are selected as Ronald E. McNair Research Fellows; congratulations!
  • Professor Lu wins the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Early Faculty Career Award in Translational Research; congratulations Professor!
  • Natalie Leong wins the Biomedical Engineering Society Student Travel Award for her work on "In vitro evaluation of the osteoinductive potential of polymer-ceramic composites", co-authors: Jiang J, Chen FH and Lu HH; congratulations Natalie!
  • Professor Lu is the winner of the International Award for Young Investigator in Orthopedic Biomechanics and Sports Medicine which recognizes achievements in soft tissue research; congratulations Professor!
  • Kristen Moffat wins the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Bioengineering Division Student Award for Masters Research (First Place); "Characterization of the mechanical properties of the ACL-Bone insertion", co-authors: Chahin N, Hung CT, Ateshian GA and Lu HH; congratulations Kristen!
  • Jeffrey Spalazzi a Society for Biomaterials Student Travel Achievement Recognition (STAR) Award for Outstanding Abstract; he will be presenting his work entitled "Development of novel multi-phased composite scaffolds for ACL-to-Bone integration", co-authors: Moffat KL, Doty SB, and Lu HH.
  • Ricky Tsay is the winner of the Straumann Resident Research Award from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, for his work on "Differential growth factor retention by platelet-rich plasma composites", co-authors: Vo J, Lu HH and Landesberg R.
  • Natalie Leong wins the Biomedical Engineering Society Student Travel Award for her work on "Development of bone cartilage interface: effects of T3 on different population of chondrocytes", co-authors: Jiang J, Hidaka C and Lu HH.
  • Professor Lu serves with Dr. Jeremy Mao as the Co-Managing Editor of the Special Issue of Frontiers in Bioscience, entitled "Biomimetics and Tissue Engineering of Skeletal Tissues"
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows, Columbia University
    Seong Oh (2002), Amy Tang (2003), Jing Meghan Shan (2005), Natalie Leong 2005), Wan-Shuan Sun (2006), Siddarth Mitroo (2006), Moira Vyer (2007), Ann Kwei (2008).