University of Wisconsin-Madison

Matthew Parlato



Contact Information:

Graduate Student

Department Affiliation: 

Biomedical Engineering

Eduacation Background:

M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S. Biomedical Enginering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Description:

My research is focused on the development of biomaterials to harness both endogenous growth factors and stem/progenitor cells to improve tissue vascularization and wound healing.


  1. S. Musah, P.J. Wrighton, Y. Zaltsman, X. Zhong, S. Zorn, M.B. Parlato, C. Hsiao, S.P. Palecek, Q. Chang, W.L. Murphy, L.L. Kiessling. Substratum-induced differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells reveals coactivator YAP as a potent regulator of neuronal specification. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2014.internet_link.jpg
  2. T. Hansen, J.T. Koepsel, S. Zorn, N.N. Le, M. Parlato, S.G. Loveland, M.P. Schwartz, W.L. Murphy. Biomaterial arrays with defined adhesion ligand densities and matrix stiffness identify distinct phenotypes for tumorigenic and non-tumorigenic human mesenchymal cell types. Biomaterials Science, Accepted. internet_link.jpg
  3. M. Parlato, Sarah Reichert, Neal Barney, W.L. Murphy. Poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels with adaptable mechanical and degradation properties for biomedical applications. Macromolecular Bioscience, Accepted.
  4. M. Parlato, A. Johnson, G.A. Hudalla, W.L. Murphy. Adaptable poly(ethylene glycol) microspheres capable of mixed mode degradation. Acta Biomaterialia, 2013; 9: 9270–9280.internet_link.jpg
  5. M.B. Parlato, W.L. Murphy. Hydrogels for Autologous Stem Cell Recruitment. In: Hydrogels in Cell-Based Therapies. I. Hamley, C. Connon, Eds.

Awards & Honors:


  • Integrating Research Ethics and Scholarship Fellowship Recipient


  • N.N. Le, M. Parlato, J.A. Molenda, W.L. Murphy. Hydrogel arrays for cell expansion and differentiation. U.S. Patent Application, Filed 2015. 
  • W.L. Murphy, E. Nguyen, M. Schwartz, H. Ardalani, M. Zanotelli, M. Parlato, D. Belair, W. Daly, N.N. Le. Synthetic hydrogel compositions that promote endothelial cell tubulogenesis. U.S. Patent Application Filed, 2015.