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Karen L. Christman

Assoc Professor, Bioengineering




Regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, polymer chemistry and bio-nanotechnology, multi-scale bioengineering and biomaterial design

The Christman lab is interested in multi-scale, interdisciplinary approaches for regenerative medicine and biomaterials, with a main focus on the treatment of myocardial infarction and heart failure. Current projects include the development of biomaterials for preventing heart failure following a myocardial infarction, injectable polymers for in situ regeneration of the myocardium, and biomaterials for directing cell differentiation. Projects involve a variety of approaches and tools including polymer chemistry, stem cells, nanotechnology, mechanics, cell biology, and imaging.

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Dr. Christman received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2000. She then moved to California for both her graduate work and postdoctoral studies. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California San Francisco and Berkeley Joint Bioengineering Graduate Group in 2003 under the direction of Dr. Randall J. Lee at UCSF, where she examined in situ approaches to myocardial tissue engineering. She was a NIH postdoctoral fellow under the direction of Dr. Heather D. Maynard at the University of California, Los Angeles in the fields of polymer chemistry and nanotechnology. During this time, she developed novel methods for site-specifically patterning proteins into 2D and 3D structures. Dr. Christman is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.  She is a recipient of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award and the Walter H. Coulter Foundation Early Career Translational Research Award.

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