About Our Lab

Abadi lab directed by Dr. Parisa Abadi in the department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Tech is located at the 10th floor of the R. L. Smith ME-EM Building. Our members come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. We are interested in problems at the interface of materials, mechanics, and medicine. Our lab explores the biomedical applications of nanomaterials and probes the role of mechanics in tissue engineering and medical devices. Visit other pages of this website to learn more about us and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Research Highlights

Immaturity of cardiomyocytes derived from induced pluripotent stem cells is an important issue in the field of cell therapeutics. In our paper published in Advanced Functional Materials and highlighted on the cover, we develop substrates with multi-scale topography resembling the three-dimensional features of the native heart environment to address the issue of immaturity of cardiomyocytes. The results show faster differentiation, enhanced maturity, and improved beating. Read the news about our article and group research in Michigan Tech News, Science Daily, Medical Xpress, News Medical, Technology Network , Bioengineer.org, Science Newsline, Medindia, Drugnews.in, and Medicalnewser.com.

News

March 2018 – Paper published in Advanced Functional Materials and highlighted on the cover

Congratulations to Dr. Abadi and Dr. Hill for publication of their paper in Advanced Functional Materials which is featured on the cover. The paper reports novel techniques for using biophysical and biomechanical cues in production of mature cardiomyocytes derived from induced pluripotent stem cells.

July 2017 – Abadi Lab receives AHA grant

Dr. Abadi receives a Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association (AHA). For the next three years, this grant will support the group research on development of hierarchical conductive structures for application in cardiovascular medical devices.

October 2017 – URIP Awards

Congratulations to our undergraduate trainees, Josh Loiselle (third year MEEM) and Alicia Ball (second year chemical eng.), for being selected as Portage Health Foundation Interns through the MTU Undergraduate Research Internship Program. This internship will support their health-related research in our lab during the academic year 2017-2018.