Welcome to the Bryant Research Group

The Biomaterials and Functional Tissue Engineering Laboratory is directed by Stephanie J. Bryant an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado. Our laboratory focuses on designing biomaterials, which we employ as 3D models to answer fundamental biological questions and as 3D cell scaffolds to guide tissue growth and integration for regenerative medicine. In particular, we focus on designing synthetic hydrogels with controlled architectures, chemistries, and degradation. We also have an interest in combining hydrogel design with mechanical stimulation. Our group is interested in a wide range of applications including the study of mechanotransduction pathways in cells, tissue engineering strategies for cartilage, bone and cardiac muscle, and strategies that promote integration of the engineered tissue into the host tissue. Together, we believe that by carefully controlling the hydrogel environment in combination with physiological cues, we can better understand cellular processes towards developing treatments for diseases (e.g., osteoarthritis) and better promote functional  tissue regeneration and integration.