Lab Members

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

Principal 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

Elizabeth Feeney

B.S. in Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
“Biomimetic molecules for lubrication”


Rebecca Irwin

B.S. in Bioengineering, Binghamton University
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
“Assessing the integration and mechanical behavior of repaired cartilage in autologous chondrocyte implantation”


Stephen Sloan

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
“Tissue engineered repair strategies for intervertebral discs”




Marianne Lintz

B.S. in Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
“Tissue Engineered Intervertebral Discs”



Jongkil Kim

B.S. in Bioengineering, Hanyang University
M.S. in Bioengineering, Hanyang University
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
“Developing Tissue Engineered Menisci Mimicking Native Meniscal Fiber Structure”



Steven Ayala

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, The College of New Jersey
“Spatial Pattern of Cellular Response of Articular Cartilage to Mechanical Injury Depends on Impact Magnitude”



Sean Kim

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
“Tissue Engineering”



Leigh Slyker

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, The University of Buffalo (SUNY)
“Biomimetic Design of 3D-printed Cartilage; A Template for Tough and Resilient Soft Materials”



Karan Vishwanath

BASc. in Materials Engineering, University of Toronto
“Lubrication Mechanisms of Articular Cartilage”




Sera Lopez

B.S in Chemical and Biological Engineering, The University of New Mexico
“Meniscus Tissue Engineering”




Eric Yoon

B.S/M.S in Mechanical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis 2017
“Depth-dependent Mechanics of the Temporomandibular Joint”

Masters Students

Tianyu Gao, M.S. Student ’20
B.S. in Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, Zhejiang University

Rachel Yerden, M.S. Student ’21
B.S. in Biology, Clarkson University



Ellaine Chou ’20
Emily Jiang ’20
Sara Martin ’20
Crystal Zhao ’20
Roland Babmatee 21′
Cassandra Gologorsky 21′
Jared Matthews 21′
Daniella Gonzalez 22′



Ph.D. Alumni

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