Heo Laboratory

Welcome to Heo Laboratory

The Heo Lab is focused on nuclear mechanobiology and tissue engineering to develop new therapeutic strategies for musculoskeletal repair and regeneration. Our research team explores the feedback between the biophysical environment and cell biology in the context of musculoskeletal tissue remodeling (with development, disease, degeneration, or repair). We also develop innovative methods to enable precise control of the cellular microenvironment and utilize sophisticated experimental techniques [e.g., Super-resolution stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM)] to address our fundamental questions about how biophysical cues regulate cellular behaviors at the nanoscale. In addition, our team aims to expand our findings and knowledge to engineer complex functional tissue constructs for regenerative medicine applications using fabrication techniques (e.g., electrospinning and 3D Bioprinting).

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Lab News

Congratulations to Molly and Ellen!
April 01, 2022
Huge Congratulations Ellen and Molly! They got admitted by Penn BE for their Ph.D! We can't wait to see what achievements we make together in the coming years!

Congratulations to Sohaib Hashmi!
March 18, 2022
Congrats to Dr. Sohaib Hashimi for matching into Penn Medicine! Best luck!

Congratulations to Saeed Ahmed!
March 01, 2022
Congrats on your acceptance to joint Oxford Nanoimaging (ONI)! Good luck on your new journey!

Congratulations to Lena Hamvas!
December 01, 2021
Congrats on your acceptance to joint the MD program at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine! We wish the best to Lena as she continues on her journey! 

Congrats to Saeed, Ellen, Se-Hwan, and Molly!
November 10, 2021
Their abstracts were accepted for the presentations at the upcoming 2022 Orthopaedic Research Society Meeting in Tampa, FL!

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