Mauck Laboratory

Sonia Bansal

Sonia Bansal

Graduate Student in Bioengineering
University of Pennsylvania


Melville, NY


B.S Biomedical Engineering, 2014, Columbia University

Areas of Special Interest

Sonia's research interests include the creation of electrospun polymer nanofiber scaffolds for meniscus tissue engineering and elucidating the meniscus structure-function relationship. Outside of the lab, Sonia can be found drinking coffee, dancing to anything with a beat, and reading.


Bansal, S., Mandalapu, S., Aeppli, C., Qu, F., Szczesny, S., Mauck, R., & Zgonis, M. "Mechanical function near defects in an aligned nanofiber composite is preserved by inclusion of disorganized layers: Insight into meniscus structure and function". Acta Biomaterialia, 2017.

Bansal, S., Keah, N., Neuwirth, A., O’Reilly, O., Qu, F., Seiber, B., Mandalapu, S., et al. "Large Animal Models of Meniscus Repair and Regeneration: A Systematic Review of the State of the Field". Tissue Engineering, 2017.


Bansal S, Seiber BN, Keah NM, Mauck RL, Zgonis MH. Mechanical Function of a Composite Nanofibrous Biomaterial Analogue of the Knee Meniscus Inclusive of Radial Tie Fiber-Like Elements. SB3C, 2017, Tucson, AZ. [Podium Talk]Bansal S, Keah NM, O'Reilly OC, Qu F, Mauck RL, Zgonis MH. Meniscus Maturation is Accompanied by Marked Compositional and Structural Reorganization. ORS, 2017, San Diego, CA.Bansal S, Keah NM, Qu F, Szczesny S, Neuwirth AL, Mauck RL, Zgonis MH. Disorganized Layers within an Otherwise Aligned Fibrous Network Preserve Bulk Mechanics and Promote Strain Reconstitution in the Context of Radial Tears. SB3C, 2016, National Harbour, MD.

Bansal S, Qu F, Neuwirth AL, Keah NM, Szczesny S, Mauck RL, Zgonis MH. Insight into Meniscus Tie Fiber Function: Disorganized Layers within an Aligned Fibrous Network Preserve Bulk Mechanics and Promote Strain Reconstitution in the Context of a Radial Tear, ORS, 2016, [Podium Talk].

Bansal S, Estell EG, Ateshian G, Hung CT. Bell-shaped Dose Response Of Sodium Pyruvate On Properties Of Tissue Engineered Cartilage. BMES, 2014, San Antonio, TX.

Estell EG, Tan AR, Bansal S, Ateshian G, Hung CT. Modulation of Hydrogel Crosslinking Density to Promote Development of Functional Mechanical Properties in Engineered Cartilage. ORS, 2015, Las Vegas, NV.

Tan AR, Estell EG, Bansal S, Farr J, Ahmad C, Ateshian G, Hung CT. Design and Fabrication of Minced Engineered Cartilage Fragments for Joint Repair. ORS, 2015, Las Vegas, NV.

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