• Tissue Talks continue in 2021 with a stellar lineup of speakers.


  • December 2020: Our lung work was featured as a “Medical Marvel” among the 2020 most popular Science Stories on Columbia news.
  • December 2020: Congratulations to Bohao Liu on the defense of his PhD thesis, with best wishes for the remainder of his medical training.
  • December 2020: Naveed gave a lecture on our organs-on-a-chip studies of the effects of space radiation on human tissues for NASA’s “Red Risk School”.
  • December 2020: Alan takes the first place at the EMBL PhD symposium for his talk on the integrated human organ on a chip model for studies of antitumor drug efficacy and cardiac safety.
  • November 2020: Alan, Diogo and the team publish their integrated human organ on a chip model for studies of antitumor drug efficacy and cardiac safety as a cover article in Lab on a Chip
  • November 2020: The Stem Cell Podcast featuring Naveed Tavakol. 
  • November 2020: Congratulations to David Chen, the newly-minted PhD in lab for defending his dissertation!  
  • October 2020: The engineered jaw condyle study by David Chen, Josephine Wu and the team was published in Science Translational Medicine

    Featured in: Science Translational MedicineThe New York TimesDaily Mail and Forbes.
  • October 2020: Josephine Wu presented at the Virtual Seminars in Biomedical Science, at the Imperial College, London UK.
  • September 2020: Gordana gave keynote lecture at the Carnegie Mellon Forum on Biomedical Engineering.
  • September 2020: Kacey was a featured guest on the Stem Cell Podcast to discuss her cardiac tissue engineering work.
  • August 2020: Naveed and Pam organized a hugely successful Trainee Symposium for Organoids & Organs-on-a-Chip with over 600 attendees.
  • July 2020: Sharon and colleagues published their review on engineering human vasculature, as a cover article in Advanced Materials.
  • July 2020: Recovery of human lungs on cross-circulation platform published by Ahmed Hozain and our team in Nature Medicine.

    Featured In: Columbia SurgeryNatureNature Medicine News and ViewsScience Translational MedicineLancet Respiratory Medicine, The New York TimesTimes UK, and Daily Mail.

  • July 2020: Tissue Talks hosts Robert Langer, the father of tissue engineering, attracting a full (Zoom) house of 1,000 attendees.
  • July 2020: Ramp up of the experimental work is beginning and everyone is excited about returning to lab, although at a low occupancy and lots of restrictions.
  • June 2020: Gordana was featured in “Engineering Physiologically Relevant Tissues” webinar panel, hosted by Rice University in their Frontiers in Bioengineering Research seminar series.
  • June 2020: The lab takes a stand against police brutality and racism, and takes multiple initiatives to actively listen to the Black community, contribute to the fight against systemic racism, and educate ourselves how to most effectively address these issues and promote the culture of diversity and inclusion, in words and deeds. #BlackLivesMatter
  • May 2020: Matt Bacchetta was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering for “seminal contributions to the fields of organ transplantation and organ regeneration and engineering”.
  • May 2020: Gordana was featured in “Invincible Women: Invincible Women: Conversations with 21 Inspiring and Successful American Immigrants" by Bilha Fish.
  • May 2020: TARA co-founders Gordana and Milica Radisic were featured contributors to Cell’s “Engineering Tissues and Organs: The Road to the Clinic”
  • April 2020: A new review on bioengineering of pulmonary epithelium was published by Valerio and Gordana. 
  • April 2020: A new review from the lab on the cellular and physiological basis for lung repair published in Cell Stem Cell.
  • April 2020: We published a study showing that lungs can be maintained outside the body, on our cross-circulation platform, for as long as 100 hours. First author Ahmed Hozain, was awarded the annual award for lung research from the American Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery for this advance that may make more lungs available for transplant. 
  • April 2020: Gordana, our lab and Columbia BME, with support of our Tissue Engineering Resource Center and Center for Dental and Craniofacial Research, launch Tissue Talks, a weekly seminar series from Tissue Engineering experts around the world.
  • March 2020: We are very proud of Keith and Max for the face shields for quick production to protect those fighting COVID-19; Pam, Meghan, Kacey for their relentless work to help manage the crisis; and to our junior faculty Valerio Dorrello and Barry Fine; and our surgery residents Ahmed Hozain and Jonathan Reimer for their clinical service.
  • March 2020: Starting virtual meetings by Zoom, to stay connected and keep working under COVID.
  • March 2020: We just completed filming of a 10-episode TV series on science in our laboratory “My dear friend science”, now available on IMDB. Our lab members, startup companies, Dean Boyce, President Bollinger and many others participated. 
  • February 2020: Gordana delivered a keynote at the Orthopaedic Research Society’s 2020 meeting.
  • February 2020: Gordana was decorated with the Order of Karadjordje Star, Serbia’s highest honor!
  • January 2020: Gordana and the College of Dental Medicine team up to open the Center for Dental and Craniofacial Research, a space for interdisciplinary science and collaboration.