Looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Regenerative Biomaterials and Therapeutics Group!

The Regenerative Biomaterials and Therapeutics Group is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher who will work on independent experimentation and/or directed research to achieve better understanding on cell engraftment into tight-junctioning epithelial cells. This position requires and in-depth knowledge of pseudo-stratified epithelial cell layers, particularly related to the lung. Tasks in this position may include organizing, implementing, and analyzing data collected from, experiments involving live human cells, explanted animal tissue, and in vivo live animal studies. Please click here to apply!

Congratulations to TJ Hinton for Receiving his PhD

Congratulations to Dr. TJ Hinton for receiving his PhD in Biomedical Engineering. His dissertation is titled “Rapid Prototyping Tissue Models of Mammary Duct Epithelium.” TJ has received a number of awards and recognitions as a PhD student in the group including the Bertucci Fellowship from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. His research has been published in Science Advances, ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering and Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering. TJ is continuing his career as a postdoctoral fellow in our lab, supported by a prestigious Swartz Innovation Fellow to help commercialize our 3D bioprinting FRESH technology.

Hiring Postdoctoral Fellows in Cardiac Tissue Engineering

We have an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the area of cardiac tissue engineering, see below.

Description
A postdoctoral fellowship is available in advanced biomaterials development and cardiac tissue engineering within the Regenerative Biomaterials & Therapeutics Group at CMU. The research is focused on materials based, regenerative strategies to engineer the self‐assembly of cells into tissues and understand the emergence of higher‐order electrical and mechanical function. This is an NIH‐funded project that integrates developmental biology, bio‐nanofabrication of protein scaffolds and induced pluripotent stem cells in order to engineer human cardiac muscle tissue (myocardium) as a tissue graft for heart repair. Interested candidates can read more about our research at http://regenerativebiomaterials.com. This position is available immediately with an application deadline of December 15, 2012.

Qualifications
Applicants should have a PhD (or equivalent) in biomedical, chemical, or materials engineering, biophysics, cell/developmental biology or related fields and a strong interest in multidisciplinary biomedical research.  Existing expertise in cell culture and optical microscopy are required and additional expertise in microfabrication, soft‐lithography, molecular biology, stem cell biology, developmental biology and cardiovascular biology are highly desirable. Candidates should have a strong experimental background, academic history, and publication record, as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Interested candidates should email their CV, a description of research interests, up to three first author publications, and the names and contact information for 3 references as a single PDF file to Dr. Adam Feinberg.

About Carnegie Mellon University
CMU is located in Pittsburgh, PA and embodies a unique collaborative environment that emphasizes innovation and research that transcends traditional engineering and scientific disciplines. The College of Engineering at CMU is ranked #7 by US News & World Reports and contains state‐of‐the‐art resources for biomedical research.  Additional resources and expertise are available via close collaboration with the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the West Penn Alleghany Health System.

Contact
Adam W. Feinberg, Ph.D.
feinberg@andrew.cmu.edu

 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities – SUMMER 2011

The Carnegie Mellon Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in Materials Research is accepting applications until February 22, 2011.  Undergraduates must be from a university other than CMU.  Opportunities exist to do cutting edge research in the Regenerative Biomaterials & Therapeutics Group as well as many other excellent laboratories at CMU.  Please apply directly to the REU program here,  http://reu.materials.cmu.edu/.

Adam Feinberg
Regenerative Biomaterials & Therapeutics Group

Title:
Biomechanical Characterization of Nanostructured, Protein-Based Materials

Abstract:
The extracellular matrix is a complex nanofiber scaffold that surrounds cells in the body and provides the primary mechanical structure of all tissues and organs. We have developed a unique method to regenerate this extracellular matrix, providing new opportunities for creating advanced polymeric materials and tissue engineering scaffolds. Students will learn how to fabricate these materials and characterize the biomechanical functionality using optical, scanning electron and/or atomic force microscopy. Ambitious students will have the opportunity to evaluate cell response to these materials and tissue engineer skeletal muscle constructs.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Available (FILLED)

Immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the area of Neural Tissue Engineering and Traumatic Brain Injury

Description:
A postdoctoral position is available in tissue engineered neural networks for the study of traumatic brain injury.  Research efforts will be focused on the development of patterned 3-D neural networks embedded in hydrogels and integration into a 6-axis nanodeformation system for delivering simulated blast injury.  Based in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, the postdoctoral fellow will have access to world-class research facilities and dedicated resources.  Professional training opportunities include career mentoring, interaction with the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and dedicated funds for travel to scientific conferences.  The appointment will be for 1 year with additional years available based on performance and funding. Salary and benefits are nationally competitive, with consideration given for the experience-level of the candidate.  The position is available immediately and applications will be reviewed as received, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Qualifications:
Applicants should have an MD or a PhD (or equivalent) in biomedical, mechanical, chemical, or materials engineering or related fields and a strong interest in multidisciplinary biomedical research.  Existing expertise in cell culture, optical microscopy, microfabrication, soft-lithography, molecular biology, and/or neuroscience are highly desirable.  Additional requirements include a strong experimental background, academic history, and publication record, as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Interested candidates should email (feinberg@andrew.cmu.edu) their CV, a description of research interests, up to three first author publications, and the names and contact information of 3 references as a single PDF file.