BME Faculty Earns NIH Pathway to Independence Award

May 30, 2014

Dr. Kareen Coulombe, new assistant professor of engineering, has received the most prestigious career transition award from the National Institutes of Health for her work in cardiovascular tissue engineering. This three-year award will enable her to establish a research lab and pursue new questions in her field. “We must seek a better understanding of tissue assembly and integrated function, which can be accomplished with engineering approaches and analysis, so that a therapeutic cardiac tissue made from human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes will provide the contractile strength that cardiac patients need for a higher quality of life,” says Dr. Coulombe. The award comes from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and supports her new work utilizing biomaterials for controlling the 
architecture and signaling microenvironment in engineered human heart tissue.