Mission Area

Research Topics

  • Biomaterials and biomechanics
  • Physiology
  • Tissue engineering

The Ankrum Lab focuses on developing bioengineering strategies to overcome challenges in delivery and control of cell phenotype after transplantation. 


Research Team

James Ankrum

James Ankrum, PhD

Faculty Affiliate, Iowa Technology Institute;
Director, Ankrum Lab;
Associate professor of biomedical engineering
James Ankrum is associate professor of biomedical engineering, a researcher in the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, and a member of the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute. He directs the Ankrum Lab.


Wound Healing with Fat Cells diagram 2 - Sander and Ankrum

Sander, Ankrum findings add understanding of fat tissue in healing wounds

A team of University of Iowa scholars led by faculty affiliates with the Iowa Technology Institute released findings this week that expanded the understanding of the role fat tissue plays in healing wounds and may help to uncover and develop fat-related wound healing treatments.
Portrait of James Ankrum

James Ankrum

Director, Ankrum Lab

Assistant professor of biomedical engineering

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