B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, 2007M.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013Post-Doc Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2013-2016
"We design biomaterials to better understand how cells interpret signals from their environment during disease progression and tissue regeneration."
Steven R. Caliari, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Steven joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in August 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering with a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Prior to joining UVa he was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Steven completed his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida and received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His lab designs, synthesizes, and characterizes new biomaterials to explore the dynamic interplay between cells and their microenvironment, applying these platforms to address fundamental human health challenges in understanding disease and engineering tissues.
NIH/NIDDK F32 Postdoctoral Fellowship2014-2016
Tissue Engineering Young Investigator Council2014
Mavis Future Faculty Fellowship2012-2013
AIChE Bionanotechnology Graduate Student Award Session, 1st place2012
UIC/UIUC Outstanding Research Award in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, 1st prize2011
NIH/NIGMS Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program2010-2012
Materials and Advanced Manufacturing for Biological Applications
Biomechanics/Injury Biomechanics or Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
Biotechnology and Biomolecular Engineering (Biomolecular Design, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering)
‘Dimensionality and spreading influence MSC YAP/TAZ signaling in hydrogel environments,’ Biomaterials, 103: 314-323, 2016 ABSS.R. Caliari*, S.L. Vega*, M. Kwon, E.M. Soulas, J.A. Burdick, (*co-first authors).
‘Gradually softening hydrogels for modeling hepatic stellate cell behavior during fibrosis regression,’ Integ Biol, 8(6): 720-728, 2016. ABSS.R. Caliari, M. Perepelyuk, E.M. Soulas, G.Y. Lee, R.G. Wells, J.A. Burdick.
‘A practical guide to hydrogels for cell culture,’ Nat Methods, 13(5): 405-414, 2016. ABSS.R. Caliari, J.A. Burdick.
‘Stiffening hydrogels for investigating the dynamics of hepatic stellate cell mechanotransduction during myofibroblast activation,’ Sci Rep, 6: 21387, 2016. ABSS.R. Caliari, M. Perepelyuk, B.D. Cosgrove, S.J. Tsai, G. Lee, R.L. Mauck, R.G. Wells, J.A. Burdick.
‘Collagen scaffolds incorporating coincident gradations of instructive structural and biochemical cues for osteotendinous junction engineering,’ Adv Healthc Mater, 4(6): 831-7, 2015 ABSS.R. Caliari, D.W. Weisgerber, W.K. Grier, Z. Mahmassani, M.D. Boppart, B.A.C. Harley.
‘Collagen scaffold arrays for combinatorial screening of biophysical and biochemical regulators of cell activity,’ Adv Healthc Mater, 4(1): 58-64, 2015. ABSS.R. Caliari, E.A. Gonnerman, W.K. Grier, D.W. Weisgerber, J.M. Banks, A.J. Alsop, J. Lee, R.C. Bailey, B.A.C. Harley.
‘Composite growth factor supplementation strategies to enhance tenocyte bioactivity in aligned collagen-GAG scaffolds,’ Tissue Eng Part A, 19(9-10): 1100-12, 2013 ABSS.R. Caliari, B.A.C. Harley.
B.A.C. Harley, 'The development of collagen-GAG scaffold-membrane composites for tendon tissue engineering,' Biomaterials, 32(34): 8990-8, 2011. ABSS.R. Caliari, M.A. Ramirez.
'The effect of anisotropic collagen-GAG scaffolds and growth factor supplementation on tendon cell recruitment, alignment, and metabolic activity,' Biomaterials, 32(23): 5530-40, 2011. ABSS.R. Caliari, B.A.C. Harley.