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Catherine K. Kuo
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Assistant Professor, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Visiting Scientist, Chemical Engineering, MIT


2002 Ph.D., University of Michigan, Biomaterials / Macromolecular Science and Engineering
1997 B.S.E., University of Michigan, Materials Science and Engineering

Honors and Awards

  • National Academy of Engineering Invitation to the "German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium" (2013)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2013)
  • Tufts Collaborates! Award (2011)
  • New Investigator Grant (R03) from NIAMS, NIH (2011)
  • March of Dimes Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award (2011)
  • ISL&T International Advisory Board (2010-Present)
  • NIH IRTA Postdoctoral Fellowship (2002-2007)
  • NIH Biomaterials Training Grant Fellowship (1997-2002)

Research Interests

There are two primary objectives in our research: Objective 1 – to regenerate new tissues that may be implanted in the body to replace diseased or injured tissues that have limited capacity to heal; and Objective 2 – to develop and implement living tissue models as independent platforms to study tissue development, homeostasis, disease and healing. The primary tissues of interest in this research are tendon, ligament and adipose, with focus extended to associative tissues of mesenchymal origin.

Our interdisciplinary approach to research merges expertise from various disciplines of engineering (materials science, mechanical, electrical), biology (stem cell, developmental, molecular) and medicine (orthopaedics and more).

Learn more here.

Professional Positions

Visiting Scientist. Chemical Engineering, MIT (2011 – Present)
Assistant Professor. Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences (2010 – Present)
Assistant Professor. Department of Biomedical Engineering (2008 – Present)
Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Rocky S. Tuan, Mentor. NIH (2002 – 2007)
Graduate Student Research Fellow. Dr. Peter X. Ma, Mentor. University of Michigan (1997 – 2002)
Research Scientist. Morrow Snowboards, Inc. (1996)
Engineer. General Motors Corporation (1995)

Professional Service

  • Reviewer for DoD, NIH, NIST, NSF, Arthritis Research UK, RGC of Hong Kong
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • International Symposium on Ligament and Tendon
  • Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society