The Corr Research Group is a lab based in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Our research covers three broad areas - tissue engineering, bioprinting, and biomechanical analysis - in the hopes of obtaining a better understanding of common medical complications like musculoskeletal injury/disorder and cancer. We are currently investigating an embryonic-inspired method of generating tendon fibers to better address the plethora of tendon injuries seen today. Our Laser-Direct Write method of printing cells in 3D microenvironments within alginate microbeads/capsules is currently being used to model 3D tumor microenvironments to better study breast cancer. The lab also has a Tensile Tester and custom-designed ADMET bioreactor for biomechanical characterization of engineered tendon fibers and gels for bioprinting.

Tendon Engineering

Our lab has developed a scaffold-free technique to synthesize individual tendon fibers using directed cellular self-assembly, and we use it to study the effects of biomechanical stimulation on tendon (re)generation.

LDW Bioprinting

The structural and compositional control afforded by the LDW process enables the creation of a wide range of new constructs, namely microbeads and microcapsules, with many potential applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.