Akiva S. Cohen, Dept. of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Arye Rosen, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems, Drexel University

Brian Litt, Dept. of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania

Douglas H. Smith, Smith Neurotrauma Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania

Isaac Chen, Dept. of Neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania

John Duda, Dept. of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center

John Wolf, Dept. of Neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania

M. Sean Grady, Dept. of Neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania

Mark Allen, Dept. of Electrical and Systems Engineering and Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Michelle LaPlaca, Neural Injury Biomechanics and Repair Laboratory, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Mijail "Misha" Serruya, Dept. of Neurology, Jefferson University

Mikulas Chavko, Trauma and Resuscitative Medicine Dept., Naval Medical Research Center

Reuben Kraft, Dept. of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Shu Yang, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Contact Information

D. Kacy Cullen, Ph.D
105E Hayden Hall, 3320 Smith Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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News and Events

  • Dr. Cullen had the honor of being selected as one of "3 People to Watch in Neuroscience in 2016" by STAT News (Health, Medicine, and Biotech publication):
  • Congratulations to Laura Struzyna, a Bioengineering Doctoral Candidate in the Cullen Lab, who won second place in the Perelman School of Medicine 2016 "Art in Science" Competition. The winning image is shown here.
  • Penn and the Journal of Neural Engineering put out a press release for our most recent manuscript describing the Cullen Lab's novel micro-tissue engineered neural networks to restore brain circuitry. Link:
  • Carla Winter, and undergraduate researcher in the Cullen Lab for the past 3 years, was selected as a George J. Mitchell Scholar (one of only 12 in the U.S.): is very prestigious and well-deserved honor. Way to go Carla!
  • Dr. Cullen had the honor of giving a TED-style talk at Penn’s Annual Neuroscience Public Lecture Series on Neuroengineering: Where Biology Meets Technology. Dr. Cullen discussed the lab’s pioneering work on "Restoring Nervous System Structure and Function With Tissue Engineered 'Living Scaffolds'” (YouTube video:
  • The Cullen Lab and collaborators Dr. John Wolf, Dr. Misha Serruya, Dr. Brain Litt, Dr. Reuben Kraft and Dr. Isaac Chen were awarded a 3-year, $2 million dollar cooperative agreement (U01) from the NIH to further pioneer "Biological 'Living Electrodes' Using Tissue Engineered Axonal Tracts to Probe and Modulate the CNS".
  • The Cullen Lab received a 2-year grant from the U.S. Dept. of Defense to advance "Novel Tissue-Engineered Nerve Grafts for Repair of Currently Untreatable Peripheral Nerve Injury".
  • Bioengineering Ph.D. Candidate, Kritika Katiyar, was selected for a prestigious NRSA F31 Graduate Research Fellowship through the National Institutes of Health based on her proposal for "Molecular Mediators of Axon-Facilitated Axon Regeneration."
  • Dayo Adewole, a Bioengineering Ph.D. student in the Cullen Lab, was awarded a 3-year Graduate Research Fellowship through the National Science Foundation to develop next-generation neuroprosthetic interfaces. Way to go Dayo!
  • The Cullen Lab and collaborators Dr. John Duda, Dr. Isaac Chen, and Dr. John Wolf were awarded a 2-year grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for the project "Restoring the Nigrostriatal Pathway with Living Micro-Tissue Engineered Axonal Tracts".

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