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Office Location:
Bridgeside Point 2

Mailing address:
450 Technology Drive, Suite 300, Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Phone: 412-624-5252

Rachel Thomas

Other Affiliations:
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine


Stephen F. Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD

PCIBMR Bioengineered Models Core Co-Director

Professor, Departments of Surgery and Bioengineering
Deputy Director, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests

Biologic Scaffolds and Extracellular Matrix Biology

Biomaterials and Host-Biomaterial Interactions

Role of Innate Immune Response in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Limb and Digit Regeneration

Applications of ECM Bioscaffolds to CNS, GI, whole organ, ocular, musculoskeletal, and UG systems.

Role of Matrix-bound Nanovesicles (MBV) on Inflammation and Healing

Technique Expertise or Resources to share

Technique Expertise:

    • preparing decellularized tissues and characterization of the biochemical properties
    • Immunolabeling techniques for quantification of tissue remodeling in limb and digit regeneration
    • Image analysis and spatial quantification of histologic images

Resources (specific to bone and mineral research):

    • Supercritical CO2 system for sterilization and decellularization of bone
    • Laser Capture Microdissection System / Molecular Machines & Industries mmi Cellcut
    • Material Property Testing System / MTS Insight & Texture Technologies TA.XT Plus
    • Low Oxygen Cell Culture System (custom made) / Biospherix
    • Organ bath system for tissue and whole organ (heart) / Radnoti
    • NanoCool Stem Cell injection & delivery system / Harvard Apparatus
    • Microgravity bioreactors / Synthecon
    • Zeiss AxioObserver Z1 fluroescence / DIC microscope with live cell imaging capabilities
    • Leica DMB4000 TCS SPE spectral laser confocal system


Biologic scaffolds, extracellular matrix


Lab website:


Lab Members

George Hussey Research Assistant Professor
Neill Turner Research Assistant Professor
Scott Johnson Research Specialist
Li Zhang Research Specialist
Arthi Shridhar Postdoctoral Fellow
William D’Angelo Postdoctoral Fellow
Teresa Anguiano Postdoctoral Fellow
Hector Cappella Postdoctoral Fellow
Mark Murdock Graduate Student Researcher
Madeline Cramer Graduate Student Researcher
Raphael Crum