Wilsdorf 201B 385 McCormick Road


Lakeshia Taite designs biomaterials to create cell-instructive microenvironments that encourage tissue growth or regeneration. By tuning the properties of synthetic polymers, naturally derived polymers and hybrid materials combining both, Professor Taite can engineer biofunctional materials capable of supporting cellular processes leading to novel tissue growth, tissue regeneration or the treatment of disease.

Professor Taite received her B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Alabama and completed her Ph.D. in bioengineering at Rice University. She then performed postdoctoral research in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. She has previously held faculty and research positions in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York, and the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University.


B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Alabama, 2001

Ph.D. Bioengineering, Rice University, 2006

Post-Doc Bioengineering, University of Washington, 2006-2007

Research Interests

Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine
Targeted Drug Delivery
Polymer Synthesis & Characterization

Selected Publications

“Nitric Oxide Releasing Polyurethanes” Biomacromolecules 6(2): 838-844 (2005) HO-WOOK JUN*,LAKESHIA J. TAITE*,JENNIFER L. WEST (*THESE AUTHORS CONTRIBUTED EQUALLY TO THIS MANUSCRIPT.)
“Bioactive Hydrogel Substrates: Probing Leukocyte Receptor-Ligand Interactions In Parallel Plate Flow Chamber Studies” Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 34(11): 1705-1711 (2006) LAKESHIA J. TAITE, MAUDE L. ROWLAND, KATIE A. RUFFINO, BRIAN R. SMITH, MICHAEL B. LAWRENCE, JENNIFER L. WEST
“Sustained Delivery Of Nitric Oxide From Poly(ethylene glycol) Hydrogels Enhances Endothelialization In a Rat Carotid Balloon Injury Model” Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology, 2(2): 113-123 (2011) LAKESHIA J. TAITE, JENNIFER L. WEST
“Self-Assembly of Elastin-Based Peptides into the ECM: The Importance of Integrins and the Elastin Binding Protein in Elastic Fiber Assembly” Biomacromolecules, 12(2): 432-440 (2011) DHAVAL PATEL, ROHAN MENON, LAKESHIA J. TAITE
"Mathematical Modeling of Hyperbranched Water Soluble Polymers with Applications in Drug Delivery” Macromolecular Reaction Engineering, 5(9-10): 373-384 (2011) AMIN ZARGAR*, KAI CHANG*, LAKESHIA J. TAITE, F. JOSEPH SCHORK (*THESE AUTHORS CONTRIBUTED EQUALLY TO THIS MANUSCRIPT.)

Courses Taught

Post-Doc Bioengineering, University of Washington, 2006-2007 Fall 2021