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Timothy Downing

Research Specialist

Bioengineering, UCB/UCSF Graduate Program


The goal of my research is to explore the new and emerging field of tissue engineering by introducing creative therapeutic platforms that combine stem cells and biomaterials. Specifically, my research focuses on designing therapeutic platforms that allow for the combined delivery of therapeutic drugs, multipotent cells, and guidance cues for meaningful tissue formation. The direct application of my work is aimed towards spinal cord regeneration after both injury and neural tube defect (e.g., spina bifida). In addition, I am interested in exploring how the chemical and mechanical cues within the cellular microenvironment influence cellular reprogramming.