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Christopher Highley develops materials and fabrication technologies to enable the design and construction of complex cellular and material systems, with the goal of addressing fundamental and translational problems in biomedicine. Through the Highley Lab's work in designing, applying, and continuing to advance technology in the realm of biofabrication and tissue engineering we hope to address a range biological, medical, and societal needs from understanding the underpinnings to disease to enabling engineers to build vascularized tissues. We aim to design in vitro models of biological systems and to create implantable therapeutics and biomaterial devices. A central focus of the lab's work is the use and development of biomanufacturing technology, including materials and hardware, to build constructs based on engineering principles.

Chris joined the faculty in the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in January 2018 as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, after doing post-doctoral research in the Bioengineering Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


B.S.E., Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, 2004

Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012

Post-Doc in Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2017

Selected Publications

Jammed Microgel Inks for 3D Printing Applications. Advanced Science, 2018: 1801076. C.B. Highley*, K.H. Song*, A.C. Daly, J.A. Burdick (* Shared Authorship)
A Generalizable Strategy for the 3D Printing of Hydrogels from Non-viscous Photocrosslinkable Inks. Advanced Materials, 2017, 29: 1604983. L. Ouyang, C.B. Highley, W. Sun, J.A. Burdick
3D Printing of Shear-Thinning Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels with Secondary Crosslinking. ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, 2016, 2: 1743-1751. L. Ouyang*, C.B. Highley*, C.B. Rodell, W. Sun, J.A. Burdick (* Shared Authorship)
Recent Advances in Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels for Biomedical Applications. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 2016, 40: 35-40. C.B. Highley, G.D. Prestwich, J.A. Burdick
Direct 3D printing of shear-thinning hydrogels into self-healing hydrogels. Advanced Materials, 2015, 27: 5075-5079. C.B. Highley, C.B. Rodell, J.A. Burdick


International Society for Biofabrication, Young Investigator Award 2017