2019-2023 NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Virginia2017-2019 Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiovascular Research Center, University of Virginia2017 Virginia Commonwealth University, Ph.D., Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering2011 University of Virginia, B.S., Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

"The goal of the field I’m in — immuno-engineering — is to try to tinker with the immune system to promote human health using the body’s own systems to change cells and control health outcomes."

Daniel Abebayehu, Ph.D.

Dan Abebayehu, PhD, studies fibrosis and how different types of fibroblasts could promote tissue regeneration, instead of scar formation. Dr. Abebayehu's research has been supported by an NIH Mosaic Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) which provides promising postdoctoral scientists support to transition from mentored research to independent principal investigators. His research is combining two advanced tools, a hydrogel system developed at UVA, and single-cell RNA sequencing, to determine how fibrosis gets started, and if it can be prevented or even reversed.

In addition to his research, Dan is committed to supporting and encouraging underrepresented minorities in engineering and STEM fields. He’s an active member of BME’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.


  • NIH Mosaic Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) 2022

In the News

Selected Publications

  • Macrophage and fibroblast interactions in biomaterial‐mediated fibrosis | CE Witherel, D Abebayehu, TH Barker, KL Spiller ABS Advanced healthcare materials 8 (4), 1801451
  • The interplay of fibroblasts, the extracellular matrix, and inflammation in scar formation | L Moretti, J Stalfort, TH Barker, D Abebayehu ABS Journal of Biological Chemistry 298 (2)

Courses Taught

  • BME 2104 Cell and Molecular Biology