Materials for Tissue Engineering


Over the past 50 years, an extensive amount of knowledge has been gained regarding how cell behavior is altered with changes in two dimensional environments (surfaces). While this information has allowed the scientific community tremendous strides in understanding human development, it is ultimately difficult to extend two dimensional behavior to three dimensional environments. Therefore, our laboratory has studied cell behavior in three dimensional environments, providing insight into how a three dimensional environment affects cell behavior.

Our laboratory seeks to be a collaborative team environment, where we are all working toward a common goal: designing materials to control cell behavior. All students and fellows are equals in the laboratory, with seniority giving members experience. Students interested in working in the MTE Laboratory should contact Dr. Willits directly. For more information about undergraduate research, click here.


PI: Rebecca Kuntz Willits, Ph.D.

The overarching goal in our laboratory is to design 3D scaffolds that control cell behavior. Target areas include: neural, bone, and cardiovascular tissue.

MTE Laboratory acknowledges the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Margaret F. Donovan Endowed Chair for Women in Engineering for funding our research and laboratory.