Developmental engineering 

at Penn BE


harnessing biological patterning

Our lab works to bring developmental processes that operate in vertebrate embryos and regenerating organs under an engineering control framework, so that we can build better tissues. We study how cells conspire to create complex structures, so that we can build models of human disease, reconstituted tissues for regenerative medicine, and new types of biological machines. 

How can the events in space and time which take place within the spatial boundary of a living organism be accounted for by physics and chemistry?
— Erwin Schrödinger, "What is Life?", 1944

Our research is generously supported by: