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 2022

Graduate students; Hannah Martin, Margot Amitrano, Junsu Yun and Josh Choe recently attended the Society for Biomaterials annual meeting in Baltimore, where they presented their latest research. Titles of the their posters and talks were;

  • Cytokine supplementation for T-lymphocyte expansion using magnetic mineral-coated microparticles (H. Martin)
  • Biofunctionalized plant leaf-derived scaffold for skeletal muscle development (J. Yun)
  • Synthetic hydrogels support robust and reproducible cardiomyocyte differentiation (M. Amitrano)
  • Mineral coated microparticles for stabilization of therapeutic messenger RNA (J. Choe)

June 2021

We are performing mRNA research for therapeutic purposes, using similar technology as the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines. See news article here.

Lab Spotlight

February 2022

Joydeb Majumder, PhD, has joined our lab as a Research Associate in the Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Dept. Welcome Joydeb!

November 2021

Congratulations to Kate Barteau, PhD, who has completed her Research Associate position in the Murphy Lab and has accepted a position as a Proposal Lead with Catalent’s Biologics Commercial Operations Group.

October 2021

Elizabeth Aisenbrey, PhD, has completed her studies as a Research Associate in the Murphy Lab and has accepted a position with Millipore Sigma. Congratulations Elizabeth!

October 2021

Lizeth Ortiz, PhD, has joined our lab. She is a Research Associate in Materials Science Engineering. Welcome Lizeth!

September 2021

Apporva Ramamurthy has joined our team. She is a graduate student in Biomolecular Engineering. Welcome Apoorva!