Lab Members

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

Principal Investigator

Dr. Lawrence Bonassar
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

Jorge Mojica Santiago
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
“Scaling-up fabrication of tissue engineered intervertebral discs”

Alexander Boys
B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Lehigh University
M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University
“Characterization and synthesis of interfacial tissue systems”

Benjamin Cohen
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
“Overcoming clinical hurdles of cell sourcing and construct stability in auricular cartilage tissue engineering”

Christopher DiDomenico
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Bucknell University
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
“Mechanically aided transport of antibodies through cartilage”

Sierra Cook
B.A. in Physics, University of California – Berkley
“Characterization of shear-induced synovial fluid gels”

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

Nicole Diamantides
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Bucknell University
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
“Development of 3D printed implants for repair of articular cartilage defects”

Jill Middendorf
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University
“Boundary lubrication of engineered cartilaginous tissues”

Rebecca Irwin
B.S. in Bioengineering, Binghamton University
“Assessing the integration and mechanical behavior of repaired cartilage in autologous chondrocyte implantation”

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

Marianne Lintz
B.S. in Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Tissue engineered intervertebral discs”

Jongkil Kim
B.S. in Bioengineering, Hanyang University
M.S. in Bioengineering, Hanyang University
“Tissue engineered meniscus”

Steven Ayala
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, The College of New Jersey
“Soft Tissue Biomechanics”


 Masters Students

Katherine Schneider, M.Eng. Student ’18
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University

Hao Zhou, M.S. Student ’19
B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison



Sarah Hanif, Biological Engineering ’18
Alice Li, Operations Research ’18
Marc-Anthony Rodriguez, Human Biology Health and Society ’18
Tyler Khilnani, Biological Sciences ’18
Jordan Harrod, Biomedical Engineering ’18
Maxwell Goldberg, Chemical Engineering ’18
Louis Wang, Undeclared Engineering ’19
Heather Lukas, Biomedical Engineering ’19
Ellaine Chou, Biomedical Engineering ’20
Crystal Zhao, Biomedical Engineering ’20


Ph.D. Alumni

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

Brandon Borde, Ph.D.

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.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Imperial College in London

Nicholas Genes, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dept. 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