Principal Investigator

Ryan Stowers | Assistant Professor

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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



Abhishek Sharma | Ph.D. Student

Mechanical Engineering



Jane Baude | Ph.D. Student

Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology


Marissa Gionet-Gonzales | Postdoc

Mechanical Engineering


Gulistan Tansik | Postdoc

Mechanical Engineering


Daniella Walter | Ph.D. Student

Mechanical Engineering