Dr. Karin Wang is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Temple University. Her research program leverages principles from tissue engineering, biomaterials science, soft matter physics, and cell biology to engineer reductionist model systems that probe cell and matrix dynamics. The interdisciplinary approaches used in her lab are aimed at enhancing our fundamental understanding of structure-function relationships from the molecular to multicellular level, to understand how physical forces regulate cell-matrix interactions in health and disease.

Dr. Karin Wang received her BS in Applied Math and Statistics and BE/MS in Biomedical Engineering from Stony Brook University in 2010. She received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University in 2015, studying how the materials properties of matrix proteins drive tumor progression and was awarded NSF DGE GK-12 Teaching Fellowships. During her postdoctoral training from 2015-2018 to investigate the underlying physical drivers of collective cellular migration, she was a NIH NCI F32 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Molecular and Integrative Physiological Sciences Program in the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University.

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Research Interests

  • Cell and matrix mechanobiology
    Structure-function relationships
    Collective migration
    Extracellular matrix remodeling
    Tissue engineered model systems

Courses Taught




BIOE 0844

The Bionic Human


BIOE 2001

Frontiers in Bioengineering


BIOE 2101

Engineering Principles of Physiological Systems


BIOE 3719

Introduction to Bioengineering


BIOE 4500

Special Topics: Mechanobiology


BIOE 5500

Special Topics: Mechanobiology


BIOE 5600

Bioengineering Graduate Seminar


BIOE 5719

Introduction to Bioengineering


Selected Publications


  • Krohn-Grimberghe, M., Mitchell, M.J., Schloss, M.J., Khan, O.F., Courties, G., Guimaraes, P., Rohde, D., Cremer, S., Kowalski, P.S., Sun, Y., Tan, M., Webster, J., Wang, K., Iwamoto, Y., Schmidt, S.P., Wojtkiewicz, G.R., Nayar, R., Frodermann, V., Hulsmans, M., Chung, A., Hoyer, F.F., Swirski, F.K., Langer, R., Anderson, D.G., & Nahrendorf, M. (2020). Nanoparticle-encapsulated siRNAs for gene silencing in the haematopoietic stem-cell niche. Nature Biomedical Engineering, 4(11), pp. 1076-1089. doi: 10.1038/s41551-020-00623-7

  • Guimaraes, P., Tan, M., Tammela, T., Wu, K., Chung, A., Oberli, M., Wang, K., Spektor, R., Riley, R.S., Viana, C., Jacks, T., Langer, R., & Mitchell, M.J. (2018). Potent in vivo lung cancer Wnt signaling inhibition via cyclodextrin-LGK974 inclusion complexes. Journal of Controlled Release, 290, pp. 75-87. doi: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2018.09.025

  • Wan, A.M., Inal, S., Williams, T., Wang, K., Leleux, P., Estevez, L., Giannelis, E.P., Fischbach, C., Malliaras, G.G., & Gourdon, D. (2015). 3D Conducting Polymer Platforms for Electrical Control of Protein Conformation and Cellular Functions. J Mater Chem B, 3(25), pp. 5040-5048. England. doi: 10.1039/C5TB00390C

  • Wang, K., Eguiluz, R., Wu, F., Seo, B.R., Benson, V., Brown, C.N., Fischbach, C., & Gourdon, D. (2014). Altered unfolding and stiffening of fibronectin for tumor progression. Proceedings of the IEEE Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, NEBEC, 2014-December. doi: 10.1109/NEBEC.2014.6972970