James Chao-Yao Koh and Maria Lee Koh Endowed Engineering and Medicine Career Development Professor,
Associate Professor Bioengineering
Phone: (206) 897-1518
Office: South Lake Union, Brotman Building Rm. 440
Kelly Stevens, Assistant Professor

Kelly Stevens

My lab is developing new technologies to assemble synthetic human tissues from stem cells, and to remotely control these tissues after implantation in a patient.

Regenerative medicine
Tissue engineering & morphogenesis
Pluripotent stem cell biology
3D printing & Microfabrication
Synthetic biology

Our research seeks to hijack and rewire aspects of nature’s developmental programs to control the processes by which cells assemble to form human systems. To do this, we use diverse tools taken from stem cell biology, tissue engineering, synthetic biology, micro/nanofabrication, and bioprinting.  We are currently integrating these technologies to build human platforms for understanding and treating infectious disease, interrogating biological programming in human development, and controlling artificial tissue for organ regeneration in animal model systems. We ultimately seek to translate our work into new therapies for patients with heart and liver disease.

Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Washington, 2008
B.S.. Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
Postdoctoral, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009-2014
2016  Wellcome Trust Image Award
2010  Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual National Research Service Award
2006  Bioengineering Cardiovascular Training Grant Fellow
2003  National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
BIOEN 486: Tissue Engineering
BIOEN 599: Quantitative Physiology
Stevens KR, Scull MA, Chaturvedi RR, Fortin CL, Xiao JW, Ramanan V, Fung C, de Yong YP, Chen CS, Rice CM, Bhatia SN. In situ expansion of engineered human liver tissue. In Revision.

Dudani JS, Jain PK, Kwong GA, Stevens KR, Bhatia SN. Photoactivated spatiotemporally-responsive nanosensors of in vivo protease activity. ACS Nano. 2015 Dec 22:9(12):11708-17.

Stevens KR, Ungrin MD, Schwartz RE, Ng S, Carvalho B, Christine KS, Chaturvedi R, Li CY, Zandstra PW, Chen CS, Bhatia SN. InVERT molding for scalable control of tissue microarchitecture. Nature Commun. 2013. 4; 1847.

Baranski, JD*, Chaturvedi RR*, Stevens KR*, Carvalho B, Solorzano RD, Yang MT, Miller JS, Bhatia SN, Chen CS. Geometric control of vascular networks to enhance engineered tissue function. PNAS. 2013. May 7; 110(19): 7586-91.  *Authors contributed equally.

Miller JS, Stevens KR, Yang MT, Baker BM, Nguyen DH, Cohen DM, Toro E, Chen AA, Galie PA, Yu X, Chaturvedi R, Bhatia SN, Chen CS. Rapid casting of patterned vascular networks for perfusable engineered three-dimensional tissues. Nature Materials. 2012. 11(9); 768-74.

Stevens KR, Kreutziger KL, Dupras SK, Korte FS, Regnier, M, Muskheli V, Nourse MB, Bendixen K, Reinecke H, Murry CE. Physiological Function and Transplantation of Scaffold-free and Vascularized Human Cardiac Muscle Tissue. PNAS. 2009. 106(39); 16568-73.

Stevens KR, Pabon LM, Muskheli V, Murry CE. Scaffold-free human cardiac tissue patch created from embryonic stem cells. Tissue Engineering Part A. 2009. 15(6); 1211-22.

Stevens KR*, Rolle MW*, Minami E, Ueno S, Nourse MB, Virag JI, Reinecke H, Murry CE. Chemical Dimerization of FGFR-1 Induces Myoblast Proliferation, Increases Intracardiac Graft Size, and Reduces Ventricular Dilation in Infarcted Hearts. Human Gene Therapy. 2007. 18(5); 401-12. *Authors contributed equally.

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