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Office Location:
Mellon Institute 814

Mailing address:
4400 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Phone: 412-908-1309


Newell R. Washburn, PhD

Associate Professor, Chemistry/Biomedical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Research Interests

My research focuses on the design, synthesis, and characterization of biomaterials for technological and therapeutic applications, including anti-inflammatory gels for wound healing, hyaluronic acid hydrogels for bone tissue engineering, non-fouling biomaterial coatings, polymer scaffolds, and adhesives. We have recently integrated machine learning into the materials process, developing algorithms capable of predicting materials with specific functions based on small datasets. Current projects include 3D bioprinting and high-performance polyurethanes, involving collaborations with experts in computer science, engineering, and medicine as well as industry partnerships. Technology translation is a critical component of our work, and I co-founded Ansatz AI to explore industrial applications of our algorithms, which we will leverage in disseminating machine learning for biomaterials design and characterization for bone tissue engineering. 

Technique Expertise or Resources to share

Biomaterials synthesis and characterization. Biomaterials design and optimization with machine learning.


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Lab Members

Jennifer Bone PhD student
Christopher Childs PhD student
Calvin Gang PhD student
Joseph Pugar PhD student