Research Topics

  • Additive manufacturing/3D printing
  • Advanced materials, nanotechnology
  • Biodevices
  • Biomaterials and biomechanics
  • Tissue engineering

The Worthington Lab focuses on understanding interactions between human cells and man-made biomaterials and leveraging these behaviors for specific applications.

The team uses two-photon polymerization, a form of high-resolution 3D-printing, to create microstructured support scaffolds for photoreceptor cell replacement therapies and has shown that this technique can also be used for precision drug delivery and for directing the fate of stem cells. 


Research Team

Kristan Worthington

Kristan Worthington, PhD

Director, Worthington Lab
Assistant Professor, Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering


Kristan Worthington and Edward Sander

Worthington and Sander receive NASA grant through Iowa State EPSCoR program

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
University of Iowa Technology Institute
Kristan Worthington and Edward Sander are investigating the impact that low gravity environments have on regenerative tissue technology that could be used for therapy during space missions. The intent is to advance the collective ability to use stem cell technology during long-term spaceflight for astronauts that require treatment.
Student Spotlight

'Inside the Lab' series returns with more stories from ITI student researchers

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
University of Iowa Technology Institute
Brittany Allen is among several University of Iowa students featured in the Iowa Technology Institute's spotlight series, “Inside the Lab: Student Stories,” promoting the student researchers who make vital contributions to the labs at ITI. In the spotlight series, the students, in their own words, discuss their research experiences, why they chose the University of Iowa, future goals, and more.
Kristan Worthington

Kristan Worthington

Director, Worthington Lab

Assistant professor of biomedical engineering

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