• APC-ms

    Antigen presenting cell-mimetic scaffolds

    Credit: Alex Cheung, David Zhang, Sandeep Koshy

  • Tough adhesive

    Tough adhesive

    Credit: Jianyu Li, Adam Celiz, Wyss Institute.

  • Mesoporous silica rods

    Mesoporous silica rods

    Credit: Aileen Li, James Weaver

  • Dental pulp stem cells

    Dental pulp stem cells on regenerative biomaterial

    Credit: Kyle Vining

  • Encapsulated mesenchymal stem cell in alginate microgel

    Encapsulated mesenchymal stem cell in alginate microgel

    Purple: alginate, yellow: actin, blue: nucleus. Credit: Angelo Mao.


The Mooney lab focuses on making therapies more effective and practical. Our research involves exploiting our understanding of cell and molecular biology to design biomaterials that effect and potentiate specific cell functions. The lab members consist of post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, research fellows, and visiting scholars from diverse academic backgrounds. For more information, please visit our publications page, and for any inquiries, please visit our contact page.

Latest News

Congratulations to Max Darnell

March 2, 2018

A big congrats to recent PhD graduate Max Darnell, who is headed to Georg Seelig's quantiative biology lab at the University of Washington to pursue his postdoctoral studies. His positive energy and expertise will be missed by all. Congrats and best of luck in your new position Max!


Congratulations to Aileen Li

January 2, 2018
A big congratulations to Aileen Li, who defended her PhD thesis earlier this year. Aileen was one of the pioneers of the injectable, mesoporous silica vaccine platform. She will be heading to Wendell Lim's synthetic biology lab at UCSF to conduct her postdoctoral studies. Her many scientific contributions to the lab, presence, and positive energy will be missed by all. Best of luck in your new position!