• 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 Brian Kwee

August 31, 2018
bkwee grad
A big congrats to recent PhD graduate Brian Kwee, who is headed to Dr. Kyung Sung's Lab at the FDA to pursue his postdoctoral studies. His exceptional kindness, positive energy, and dedication will be missed by all. Congrats and best of luck in your new position Brian!

Manuscripts published in Biomaterials and PNAS

August 20, 2018

Congrats to recent lab alumnus Max and team on their recent publications in Biomaterials and PNAS, which explore the effects on the microenvironmental material properties on various cells' transcriptional programs. Check them out here:

RNA-seq reveals diverse effects of substrate stiffness on mesenchymal stem cells

Material microenvironmental properties couple to induce distinct transcriptional programs in mammalian stem cells