Welcome to the Bioinspired Materials Lab

We are building innovative biomaterials to address significant challenges in biology and medicine.

Chemists, biologists, materials scientists, and engineers collaborate to create new materials we refer to as “bioinspired materials”. Our materials are “bioinspired” because they mimic some of the fascinating ways that nature builds materials – from sea shells to human organs.

We work closely with biologists to make fundamental scientific discoveries. We also partner with clinicians to create medical devices that can regenerate diseased or damaged tissues.

Our goal is to achieve high impact by pursuing groundbreaking discoveries, translating discoveries into new medical treatments, and training the next generation of leaders in regenerative medicine.


April 2023

Our lab just came back from San Diego, CA, where we attended the 2023 annual Society for Biomaterials meeting.

Joydeb Majumder; post-doc, presented his research; Engineering human induced pluripotent stem cell derived neural
tissue constructs for modeling neuroinflammation and neurotoxicity.

Hannah Martin Brinkman; graduate student, presented her research; Mineral coated iron oxide microparticles promote M1 macrophage polarization.

Margot Amitrano; graduate student, presented her research; High-throughput screening identifies hydrogel conditions for cardiomyocytes differentiation and maturation.

Josh Choe; graduate student, presented his research; Optimized minerals for stabilization and delivery of therapeutic mRNA.

Apoorva Ramamurthy; graduate student, presented her research; Induced pluripotent stem-cell derived synthetic neural constructs for brain cancer modelling.

January 2023

Chanul Kim; senior UW Biomedical Engineering student, attended the National Collegiate Research Conference at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. At the conference he presented a poster with his research focus titled:

  • Characterization of decellularized plant leaf biomaterials for tissue engineering

November 2022

Iris Baurceanu; senior UW Biomedical Engineering student, recently presented her research at the the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists (ABRCMS) in Anaheim, CA. She won a poster presentation award for her poster titled:

  • Investigating the effect of mineral coated iron oxide microparticles on macrophage polarization towards an anti-tumoral M1-like phenotype

September 2022

Murphy Lab Scientists; Jae Sung Lee, PhD, and Gianluca Fontana, PhD, recently attended the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) in Kissimee, Florida, where they presented their latest research. Dr Lee presented two posters titled;

  • Delivery of therapeutic mRNA using mineral-coated microparticles improves motor function after spinal cord injury
  • Attenuation of VEGF in platelet-rich plasma (PRP) enhances the repair of osteoarthritic cartilage

Dr Fontana gave a presentation titled;

  • Design of therapeutic autologous clots for regeneration of musculoskeletal injuries

Lab Spotlight

March 2023

The Murphy Lab has a new graduate student; James Rolland. Welcome James!

September 2022

Congratulations to Liz Torr who has accepted a new position as Research Specialist in Professor Ahna Skop’s Lab in the Genetics Department at UW-Madison.