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Stephanie LaNasa Hume


My research focuses on development of tissue engineered constructs based on synthetic hydrogel platforms for the study of nanoparticle transport and toxicology in vitro.


Society for Biomaterials
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS)
Tau Beta Pi


Hume, S.L., Hoyt, S.M., Sridhar, B.V., Walker, J.S., and Bryant, S.J. Skeletal muscle cells align across multiple cellular layers when cultured in deep and wide 3D channels. In preparation.

Hume, S.L., and Bryant, S.J. Ultrastiff hydrogel substrates affect cardiomyocyte gene expression. In preparation.

LaNasa, S.M., Hoffecker, I.T., and Bryant, S.J. Presence of pores and hydrogel composition influence tensile properties of scaffolds fabricated from well-defined sphere templates. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2011 Feb:96(2):294-302


LaNasa, S.M. and Bryant, S.J. Influence of ECM Proteins and their Analogs on Cells Cultured on 2D Hydrogels for Cardiac Muscle Tissue Engineering. Acta Biomater. 2009 Oct;5(8):2929-38

Jeerage, K.M., LaNasa, S.M., Hughes, H.A., Lauria, D.S., Bryant, S.J., and Slifka, A.J. Scanning electrochemical microscopy measurements of poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels. Polymer. 2010 Oct; 51(23):5456-5461.

Coyle, C.H., Mendralla, S., LaNasa, S., and Kader, K.N. Endothelial Cell Seeding onto Various Biomaterials Causes Superoxide-induced Cell Death. J Biomater Appl. 2007 Jul; 22(1):55-69.


National Research Council- NIST Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010)
Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship (2008-2010)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2005-2008)
National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) (2004)
Rhodes Dunlap Engineering Scholarship, The University of Iowa (2002-2004)
University of Iowa Study Abroad Scholarship (2003)
Provost Scholarship, The University of Iowa (2001-2004)
Engineering Excellence Scholarship, The University of Iowa (2001-2004)
National Merit Scholar (2001)



Research Engineer
Materials Reliability
Cell & Tissue Mechanics

Employment History:

Postdoctoral Fellow at NIST, Materials Reliability Division, Jan 2011 – Present.

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Chemical Engineering, Aug 2005- Aug 2010.

Basic Research Engineering Intern, Guidant Corporation, May – Aug 2005.

Quality Assurance Engineering Intern, BIOMEC Cardiovascular, Inc, May – Aug 2002.


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (2010)
‘Development and Characterization of Porous and Patterned Hydrogel Scaffolds for Cardiac Muscle Tissue Engineering’
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Stephanie J. Bryant.

B.S., Biomedical Engineering with French minor
University of Iowa, Iowa City (2005).

Phone: 303.497.3486
Fax: 303.497.5030