Mentoring Faculty

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  • Cathryn Sundback, ScD
  • Institution: MGH/Harvard University
  • Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Laboratory for Tissue Engineering and Organ Fabrication, and Director of Biomaterials Core within Center for Regenerative Medicine
  • Research Interests: Biomaterials for tissue engineering of peripheral nerve, muscle and bone

Cathryn Sundback has a broad background in chemical engineering and tissue engineering, with specific expertise in application of biomaterials, the interaction of cells and biomaterials, construct biocompatibility, characterization of engineered constructs, and translational issues related to tissue engineered facial and limb tissues. Currently, her research is focused on engineering of functional skeletal muscle, nerve, and cartilage towards translation to clinical applications. She is actively collaborating with physicians and surgeons in all of these fields and biomaterial scientists at Rutgers University and at Dartmouth College. In particular, she has led a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional team to engineer replacement ear cartilage toward ear reconstruction in severely injured warfighters. She has several on-going corporate collaborations, (i) with DSM Biomedical to improve their decellularized ECM surgical scaffolds for the repair of soft tissue defects; (ii) with FujiFilm to commercialize her lab’s physiologic microfluidic model of blood vessels for screening drug-induced vascular injury.