Gullbrand Laboratory

Matthew Fainor

Research Engineer
University of Pennsylvania


Allentown, Pennsylvania


B.S. IDEAS (Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts & Sciences) concentrating in Biomaterials & Biomechanics Engineering and Art & Design, Lehigh University, 2020

Areas of Special Interest

Matthew's interests include responsive biotechnologies, living materials, musculoskeletal tissue regeneration, biofabrication and bioassmebly, as well as speculative design.
Outside of the lab, Matthew can be found writing short stories, hiking, collaging, making art, and thrifting coats.


2019 Undergraduate Sustainability Award, Lehigh University
2019 Grant for Experiential Learning in Health, Lehigh University


1. Camacho P., Behre A., Fainor M., Seims K.B., Chow L.W. 2021 Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigators Issue: Spatial Organization of Biochemical Cues in 3D-Printed Scaffolds to Guide Osteochondral Tissue Engineering. Biomaterials Science 2021. DOI: 10.1039/D1BM00859E

2. Camacho P., Fainor M., Seims K.B., Tolbert J.W., Chow L.W. Fabricating spatially functionalized 3D-printed scaffolds for osteochondral tissue engineering. J Biol Methods 2021;8(1):e146. DOI: 10.14440/jbm.2021.353.

Conference Abstracts and Presentations

1. Fainor, M., Betz, K.R., Mahindroo, S., Locke, R.C., Smith, H.E., Mauck, R.L., Gullbrand, S.E. The Effects of Hydroxyapatite Coating on Poly(caprolactone) Micromechanics and Mesenchymal Stem Cell Behavior. 2022 Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting. Poster Presentation. February 5-8. Tampa, FL.

2. Fainor, M., Mahindroo, S., Gupta, S., Mauck, R.L., Smith, H.E., Gullbrand, S.E. Intervertebral Disc and Facet Cross-Talk in a Rabbit Puncture Model of Spine Degeneration. 2022 Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting. Poster Presentation. February 5-8. Tampa, FL.

3. Fainor, M., Camacho, P., Behre, A., Schaer, T.P., Chow, L.W. 3D Printing Peptide-Functionalized Scaffolds for Osteochondral Regeneration. 2020 David and Lorraine Freed Undergraduate Research Symposium. Poster Presentation. April 17. Bethlehem, PA.

4. Fainor, M., Camacho, P., Behre, A., Schaer, T.P., Chow, L.W. Characterizing Effects of Sterilization and Cell Culture on Peptide-Functionalized 3D-Printed Scaffolds. 2019 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting. Poster Presentation. October 16-19. Philadelphia, PA.

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