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. 


 

Director

Photo of Kristan Worthington

Kristan Worthington, PhD

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

News

Kristan Worthington poses in her lab

Kristan Worthington selected to take part in NAE Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering 2022 Symposium

Thursday, June 30, 2022
College of Engineering
Kristan Worthington, assistant professor in the Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering and faculty affiliate in the Iowa Technology Institute, is among 84 early career engineers selected to present at the Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in September 2022. She will join other groundbreaking engineers from industry, academia, and government at the event hosted by Amazon.
Kristan Worthington poses in her lab

Kristan Worthington receives prestigious NSF CAREER grant to advance light-based 3D printing

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
College of Engineering
New innovations in 3D printing have seen the use of light-based 3D printing for use in biology and medicine. Kristan Worthington, an assistant professor in the Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa, has recently been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER grant to continue her work in this emerging area.