Lab Members

Principal Investigator
Post Doctoral Associates
Ph.D. Students
Masters Students
Ph.D. Alumni

Principle Investigator

Dr. Lawrence Bonassar
Daljit S. and Elaine Sakaria Professor
Dr. Bonassar joined Cornell University in 2003 after five years on the faculty of the Center for Tissue Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He completed postdoctoral fellowships in the Orthopedic Research Laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital and in the Center for Biomedical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently serves on the editorial board of the journal Tissue Engineering.


Ph.D. Students

Karan Vishwanath

B.A.Sc. in Materials Engineering, University of Toronto

“Lubrication Mechanisms of Articular Cartilage”





Serafina Lopez

B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering, The University of New Mexico

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University | Twitter: @Serafina_Lopez4

“Meniscus Tissue Engineering”



Eric Yoon

B.S./M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

“Depth-dependent Mechanics of the Temporomandibular Joint”





Caroline Thompson

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, The University of Connecticut | LinkedIn: Carolinebikes

“Stem Cell Therapies for the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis”





Alikhan Fidai

B.S. in Bioengineering, The University of Texas at Dallas | Twitter: @Khancepts_

“Tissue Engineered Intervertebral Discs”





Alicia Matavosian

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, The University of Tennessee at Knoxville | Twitter: @amatavosian

“In-line, Non-destructive Determination of Cellular Properties in Bioink During Printing”




Aiyana Fortin

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, The University of Vermont | Twitter: @FortinAiyana

“Targeted Therapeutic C’ dot nanoparticles for Osteoarthritis”




Ashley Cardenas

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University

“Mitochondrial transfer as a repair strategy for intervertebral disc disease”




Salman O Matan

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington | Twitter: @SalmanOMatan

“Microscale structure and functional relationships of healthy and arthritic human cartilage”





Carlos Urrea De La Puerta

A.S. in Engineering, Cochise College
B.S in Biomedical Engineering, The University of Arizona | Twitter: @cyurrea_

 “Meniscal Enthesis Tissue Engineering”



Julia Bellamy

B.E. in Engineering Sciences, concentration in Biomedical Engineering, Dartmouth College
B.S. in Physics, Minor in Mathematics, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

“Parameter Optimization for Collagen Bioprinting”


India Dykes

B.S. Bioengineering, Washington State University

“Bioprinting and Bioinstrumentation”




Spencer Witt

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 2023

“Articular Cartilage Lubrication Mechanics”


Masters Students

Avdhesh Vermani | B.Eng. Chemical Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, ’23
“C’ Dot nanoparticles for Osteoarthritis: Therapeutic delivery of the anabolic growth factor IGF-1 in bovine articular cartilage”


Antonio Garces ’25

Dennis Kang ’25

Emily D’Angelo ’25

Smriti Sridharan ’25

Zongyin Dong ’25

Alexandra Griffin ’26

Megh Prajapati ’26

Ryan Lyppens ’26

Ph.D. Alumni

Leigh Slyker, Ph.D.

Senior Engineer II, Drug Product Development at Moderna

Sean Kim, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate, Tissue Engineering at Ark Biotech

Steven Ayala, Ph.D.

Jongkil Kim, Ph.D.

Marianne Lintz, Ph.D.

Rebecca Irwin, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Duke University

Elizabeth Feeney, Ph.D.
Research Analyst, Duke University

Stephen Sloan, Ph.D.
Biotech Equity Research Associate, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Sierra Cook, Ph.D.

Nicole Diamantides, Ph.D.
Application Specialist at Cellink, Co

Jill Middendorf, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Alexander Boys, Ph.D.
Research Associate, University of Cambridge

Christopher DiDomenico, Ph.D.
Senior Biomechanist, ARCCA, Inc.

Benjamin Cohen, Ph.D.
Scientist at 3D Bio Therapeutics

Jorge Mojica Santiago, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Florida

Mary Clare McCorry, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Food and Drug Administration

Brandon Borde, Ph.D.
Knowledge Engineer at Bridgewater Associates

Edward Bonnevie, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania

Katherine Hudson, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate at Lehigh University

Darvin J. Griffin, Ph.D.
Medical Science Liaison at Medtronic

Nizeet Aguilar, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis School of Medicine

Kirk Samaroo, Ph.D.
Founder of Biotech Company

Corinne Henak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin

Jenny Puetzer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University

Nicholas Genes, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Nichole Mercier, Ph.D.
Business Development Director, Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO

Jonathan Phillips, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Boehringer-Ingleheim, Ridgefield, CT

Rani Roy, Ph.D.
Center for Graduate Advisement, Manhattan College, New York, NY

Jason Gleghorn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware

Omotunde Babalola, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist,Bristol-Myers Squibb

Satish Degala, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Carefusion, Inc.

Jeffrey Ballyns, Ph.D.
Biomedical Engineer, US Food and Drug Administration

Robert Bowles, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Utah

Natalie Galley, Ph.D.
Technology Analyst, Fish & Richardson, Boston, MA