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

Faculty Affiliate, Iowa Technology Institute;
Director, Worthington Lab;
Assistant Professor, Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering
Kristan Worthington is an assistant professor in the Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering. In addition to directing the Worthington Lab, she is an affiliate of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute and the University of Iowa Institute for Vision Research.


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Undergraduate biomedical researcher awarded National Science Foundation Research Fellowship

Jacob Thompson, a senior studying biomedical engineering, has been awarded the National Science Foundation Research Fellowship.
Kristan Worthington

Kristan Worthington

Director, Worthington Lab

Assistant professor of biomedical engineering

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