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Deok-Ho Kim PhD

Associate Professor

Email: deokho@uw.edu | Phone: 206.616.1133

Our lab research spans the disciplinary boundaries between biomaterials, nanotechnology, and cell mechanobiology with an emphasis on their applications to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Through the use of multi-scale fabrication and integration tools in combination with human pluripotent stem cell technologies, our team focuses on the development of biomimetic microenvironments and functional tissue engineering models for developmental biology, disease modeling, drug screening, and cell-based therapies. Several specific thrusts of my current research program include, human iPSC-based microphysiological models of neuromuscular and cardiac muscle disease, mechanobiology approaches to studying human diseases, micro/nano-fabricated assay platforms for drug efficacy/toxicity screening, and bioinspired materials for regenerative engineering. The ultimate goal of our research is to better understand complex cellular behavior in response to microenvironmental cues in normal, aging and disease states, to gain new mechanistic insights into the control of cell-tissue structure and function, and to develop multi-scale regenerative technologies for improving human health.