Principal Investigator

Ryan Stowers | Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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Ryan Stowers’ research explores how cells interact with and are influenced by the mechanical properties of their environment. These properties regulate a variety of biological processes, such as stem cell differentiation and cancer progression. We engineer novel biomaterials for 3D cell culture to recapitulate key aspects of the cellular microenvironment and use these platforms to understand molecular mechanisms driving cell behavior. We are particularly interested in developing tunable or stimuli-responsive hydrogels to achieve spatial and temporal control of microenvironmental properties.

 ME Department Profile

Lab Members


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Ian Tayler | Ph.D. Student

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

B.S. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2018
University of California, Berkeley


Philip Crandell | Ph.D. Student

Mechanical Engineering

B.S. Physics, 2017

UT Austin


Abhishek Sharma | Ph.D. Student

Mechanical Engineering

B. Tech. Production Eng., 2016 - NIT Trichy

M.S. Mechanical Eng., 2018 - TU Delft


Jane Baude | Ph.D. Student

Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology

B.S. Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, 2020

University of Minnesota