Principal Investigator


Clark T. Hung, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Engineering


research scientist

Andrea R. Tan, PhD
Associate Research Scientist


graduate students


Eben G. Estell
Graduate Researcher

Jae Han (Andy) Lee
Graduate Researcher

Robert M. Stefani
Graduate Researcher

Krista M. Durney
Graduate Researcher (joint advised by Gerard Ateshian)


Research assistant


William T. Yu
Research Assistant


undergraduate students

 Left to right: Will Yu, Sofia Barbosa, Saiti Halder, Evie Sobczak, Lance Murphy

Left to right: Will Yu, Sofia Barbosa, Saiti Halder, Evie Sobczak, Lance Murphy

  • Lance A. Murphy, SEAS '18
  • Evie Sobczak, SEAS '18
  • Saiti Halder, SEAS '19
  • Sofia Barbosa, SEAS '20


Gerard A. Ateshian, Columbia University, Department of Mechanical Engineering

James L. Cook and Aaron M. Stoker, University of Missouri, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Steven B. Abramson and Mukundan Attur, NYU Langone Medical Center, Department of Medicine

Lewis M. Brown, Columbia University, Quantitative Proteomics Center

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Columbia University, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Loreto Valenzuela Roediger, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Department of Chemical Engineering and Bioprocess

Eric G. Lima, The Cooper Union, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Glyn D. Palmer and Alfonso Martin-Peña, University of Florida, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute

Roshan Shah, Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Stryker Orthopaedics

J. Chloe Bulinski, Columbia University, Department of Biological Sciences

Kacey G. Marra, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Bioengineering

Roy K. Aaron, Brown University, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Ruggero Cardossi, IGEA Medical

Martin M. Knight, Queen Mary, University of London, Department of Mechanobiology

Helen H. Lu, Columbia University, Department of Biomedical Engineering

X. Edward Guo, Columbia University, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Elisa E. Konofagou, Columbia University, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Mark Borden, University of Colorado, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Apex Biomedical

Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation


Post-doctoral Fellows

  • Brendan Roach, PhD (December '16-March '17)
    • Current: Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.
  • Adam Nover, PhD (November '15-May '16)
    • Current: LEK Consulting
  • James Henstock, PhD (April '15-July '15): visiting scholar (from University of Keele, UK)
    • Current: University of Liverpool, UK (faculty)
  • Terri-Ann N. Kelly, PhD (November '11-November '13)
    • Current: Epibone (research scientist)
  • Silvia Panseri, PhD (March '11 - September '11): visiting scholar (from University of Bologna, IT)
    • Current: Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics, Bologna, Italy (faculty)
  • Elena Alegre-Aguarón, PhD (August '10-May '12): visiting scholar (from University of Zaragoza, Spain)
    • Current: co-founder of start-up in Spain (Cellider Biotech)
  • Grace O'Connell, PhD (October '09-September '12): postdoctoral fellow from University of Pennsylvania
    • Current: Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley
  • Najmuddin Gunja, PhD (February '09-June '10): postdoctoral fellow from Rice University
    • Current: Polytechnique Montreal, Canada (postdoctoral fellow)
  • Jason Fong, MD (March '09-March '10)
    • Current: Stevens Institute (postdoctoral fellow)
  • Eric G. Lima, PhD (May '08-August '08)
    • Current: Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Cooper Union University
  • Kenneth W. Ng, PhD (October '07-August '08)
    • Current: Senior Medical Director in the scientific services group of Health Science Communications
  • Erik Finkelstein, PhD (May '07-August '07)
    • Current: Department of Health in the City of New York
  • Christopher C-B Wang, PhD (August '01-June '03)
    • Current: Director, Open Underwriting - Pricing and Balance Transfer, American Express, New York
  • Michelle A. LeRoux-Williams, PhD (September '00-October '01)
    • Current: COO, Tissue Banks International, Columbia MO
  • Glyn D. Palmer, PhD (September '99-December '00)
    • Current: Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, University of Florida

Graduate Students

  • Amy M. Silverstein (September '12- August '17)
    • Thesis: Development of Biofidelic Culture Models of Osteoarthritis
    • Current: McKinsey & Company
  • Brendan L. Roach (September '11-December '16)
    • Thesis: Modulation of the in vitro Mechanical and Chemical Environment for the Optimization of Tissue-Engineered Articular Cartilage
    • Current: Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.
  • Adam B. Nover (July '10-February '16)
    • Thesis: Fabrication of Tissue Engineered Osteochondral Allografts for Clinical Translation
    • Current: LEK Consulting
  • Sonal R. Sampat (September '09-September '14)
    • Thesis: Optimization of Culture Conditions for Cartilage Tissue Engineering Using Synovium-Derived Stem Cells
    • Current: Boston Consulting Group
  • Andrea R. Tan (September '07-May '14); NSF Graduate Fellowship, Awardee of the Hung-Huang Graduate Award in Biomedical Engineering
    • Thesis: Towards Clinical Use of Engineered Tissues for Cartilage Repair
    • Current: Research Associate (CEL)
  • Elizabeth S. Oswald (September '04-Septmber '10); NSF-Presidential Graduate Fellowship
    • Thesis: Effects of Extracellular Osmotic Environment on Chondrocyte and Precursor Cell Physical and Metabolic Properties
    • Current: Booz Allen Hamilton (lead associate)
  • Liming Bian (January '05-August '09)
    • Thesis: Articular Cartilage Repair with Two In Vitro Approaches: Engineered Cartilage and Cartilage Allograft
    • Current: The Chinese University in Hong Kong (faculty)
  • Eric G. Lima (September '01-May '08)
    • Thesis: Tissue Engineering of Cartilage: Transitioning From the Lab Towards a Clinical Setting
    • Current: The Cooper Union (tenured faculty)
  • Kenneth W. Ng (September '01-February '08); Awardee of the Hung-Huang Graduate Award in Biomedical Engineering
    • Thesis: Recreating Biomimetic Micro-Scale and Macro-Scale Structure in Engineered Articular Cartilage
    • Current: Health Science Communications (senior medical director)
  • Nadeen Chahine (September '00-May '06)
    • Thesis: Multi-scale Measurements of the Mechanical and Transport Properties of Native and Engineered Articular Cartilage
    • Current: Columbia University, Orthopedics
  • Terri-Ann N. Kelly (January '00-May '06); NIH minority supplemental graduate fellowship
    • Thesis: Functional Tissue Engineering of Articular Cartilage: Characterization and Optimization of Chondrocyte-Seeded Agarose Hydrogels
    • Current: Epibone (research scientist)
  • Pen-Hsiu Grace Chao (January '99-August '05)
    • Thesis: Physical Forces on Cells: Effects of Applied Osmotic Loading and Direct Current Electric Fields
    • Current: National Taiwan University (tenured faculty)
  • Robert L. Mauck (August '98-July '03); Whitaker Foundation graduate fellowship
    • Thesis: Functional Tissue Engineering of Articular Cartilage: The Effect of Physical Forces on the In Vitro Growth of Engineered Constructs
    • Current: University of Pennsylvania (tenured faculty)
  • Christopher C-B Wang (July '99-August '01)
    • Thesis: Functional Properties of Cartilage and Environment of Chondrocytes: Experiments and Theoretical Analyses
    • Current: American Express (director)