Principal Investigator

Cynthia A. Reinhart-King, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Cornell University


  • S.B. Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000
  • S.B. Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000
       Minor in Biomedical Engineering
  • Ph.D. Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2006
       Advisor: Daniel Hammer, PhD
  • Postdoctoral Work: Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine, 2006-2007
       Advisor: Bradford Berk, MD, PhD

More about Professor Reinhart-King

Cynthia Reinhart-King, PhD

MS/PhD Students

Lauren Hapach

Lauren Hapach

Hometown: New Brighton, PA
B.S. in Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2014

My project involves characterizing the molecular and cellular traits contributing to invasive and noninvasive phenotypes in cancer cells using an in vitro tumor spheroid invasion model as well as a murine spontaneous metastasis model.  I enjoy attempting to rock climb in my spare time.

Julie Kohn

Julie Kohn

Hometown: Allendale, NJ
BS in Chemical Engineering, Bucknell University, 2012

My project focuses on the stiffening of arteries due to age and sedentary lifestyle, which can lead to atherosclerotic plaque development. I use atomic force microscopy and ultrasound to examine arterial stiffening on both the macro- and micro-scale. Outside of lab, I love to sing on campus, hike, ski and travel, and I run a Girl Scout troop in Ithaca.

Marsha Lampi

Marsha Lampi

Hometown: Portland, OR
Honors BS in Bioengineering, Oregon State University, 2012

My research aims to prevent the onset of atherosclerosis caused by age-related arterial stiffening. I study how vascular stiffening on the cellular level compromises endothelial cell function. I enjoy cooking (especially trying out new recipes), exploring the outdoors, and staying active. 

Danielle LaValley

Danielle LaValley

Hometown: Ware, MA
BS in Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2009

My research investigates how tumor-specific microenvironmental cues affect angiogenesis. Specifically, I study the integration of both chemical and mechanical factors in mediating new blood vessel growth and integrity. In my free time I enjoy playing sports, hiking, and being outdoors.


Marianne Lintz

Hometown: Weston, FL
BS in Biological Engineering, MIT, 2015

My research investigates the influence of extracellular matrix architecture on cancer cell migration.  Specifically, I use in vitro systems to modulate matrix architecture and mechanical properties and quantify the effects on cell movement.  In my free time I enjoy drawing and reading.

Emmanuel Macklin Lollis

Emmanuel Macklin Lollis

Hometown: Amherst, NY
B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering, 2014, University at Buffalo

Using tailor-made biomaterials and an ex ovo, chick model, my current research focuses on characterizing the effects of extracellular matrix architecture on blood vessel integrity.  This work is motivated by recent findings which suggest that normalizing tumor vasculature may enhance drug delivery and alleviate aggressive metastasis induced by hypoxia.  Outside of the lab, I enjoy exploring the rural area around my apartment in Newfield, reading science fiction novels, target shooting, archery, and operating high-fidelity flight simulators.

Joe Miller

Joe Miller

Hometown: San Diego, CA
BA in Physics and Economics, UC Berkeley, 2010

I am interested in building reversibly mechanically dynamic tissue scaffolds to investigate cancer invasion and cell-ECM interactions.  I employ various microscopy techniques to achieve this, but specifically focus on the use of polarized light to quantify stress, strain and alignment within the ECM.  When I'm not in the lab, I enjoy time riding horses with my wife, playing sports, and indulging in scotch.

Adam Munoz

Adam Muñoz

Hometown: San Diego, California 
BS in Chemical Engineering, UC San Diego, 2015

My research interests are in the areas of angiogenesis and cancer metastasis. My current project involves developing and utilizing a microfabricated device to investigate the relationship between tumor vasculature and metastatic cell migration. Outside of the lab, I have enjoyed exploring the Northeast, discovering new local beers, and drinking Joe's scotch.   

Aniqua Rahman

Aniqua Rahman

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh
BS in Biomedical Engineering, CCNY, 2013

My research project is based on understanding the unidirectional mode of cancer cell migration during cancer metastasis. I create in vitro, microfabricated systems to study the molecular mechanisms of metastatic cell movements. Other than performing scientific work, I really enjoy baking and doing crafts in my leisure time.

Johana Uribe

Johana Uribe

Hometown: Medellin, Colombia
B.S in Bioengineering. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2015.

My research aims to study the forces used by cancer cells to migrate from the primary tumor.  I investigate the role of matrix architecture and cell shape changes in metastatic cell migration. Traveling and cooking are my two passions!

Jacob Vanderburgh

Jacob VanderBurgh

Hometown: Rochester, NY
BS in Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences, University of Rochester, 2014

My project is focused on understanding aberrant endothelial cell behaviors that contribute to early events in atherosclerosis progression. Using microfabrication techniques, I am creating in vitro platforms that mimic in vivo vascular microenvironments to understand the impact of vascular stiffness upon endothelial cell behavior. Outside of lab, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, and camping.

Matthew Zanotelli

Matthew Zanotelli

Hometown: Muskego, WI
B.S. Biomedical Engineering and Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 2015

My research aims to investigate how structural cues within the microenvironment contribute to abnormal tumor vasculature. Specifically, I utilize in vitro platforms that mimic heterogeneities in the tumor stroma to study how mechanical alterations in the extracellular matrix impact endothelial cell behavior during neovessel development and angiogenesis. Outside of lab, I enjoy playing sports and staying active outdoors.

Post-Doctoral Associates

Francois Bordeleau

Francois Bordeleau, PhD

Hometown: Quebec City, Canada
BEng in Physics Engineering, 2005; MSc in Physics, 2007; PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Université Laval 2012

My broad interest lies in understanding how the interplay between cell mechanics and physical cues can drive different biological outcomes, particularly during disease progression. I take advantage of my dual training to investigate molecular switches that could fine tune cellular mechanical properties and, in turn, the ability of cells to adapt to external cues. I used to be avid cyclist and skier, hobbies that I try to maintain in my limited free time.

Masters of Engineering Students

  • Atrouli Chatterjee
  • Crystal Shan
  • Wenjun Wang

Undergraduate Students

  • Andres Larraza
  • Jenny Ma
  • Shweta Modi
  • Dylan Parker
  • Jack Pollack


  • Shawn Carey, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, 2015
  • Karen Martin, BS, Mechanical Engineering, 2015
  • Stephanie Cheng, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2015
  • Adeline Chen, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2015
  • Deanna Lin, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2015
  • Bryan Chan, BS, Biological Engineering, 2015
  • Katharina Fung, BS, Materials Science and Engineering, 2016
  • Michael Mazzola, BS, Biology, 2015
  • Zachary Goldblatt, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2015
  • Nicholas Deisadze, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2014
  • Allie Braun, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2014
  • Brooke Mason, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, 2014
  • Sahana Somasegar, BS, Human Biology, Health and Society, 2014
  • Peter Joe, BS, Biology, 2014
  • Saumendra Bajpai, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, Biomedical Engineering 2011-2013
  • Dennis Zhou, BS, Biological Engineering, 2013
  • Lauren Tang
  • Brian Fleischer, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2013
  • Olivia Torre, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2013
  • Casey Kraning-Rush, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, 2013
  • Dennis Zhou, BS, Biological and Environmental Engineering, 2013
  • Viral Oza, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2013
  • Courtney Faber, MS, Biomedical Engineering, 2013
  • John Huynh, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, 2012
  • Joseph Califano, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, 2012
  • Leah Roldan, BS, Biological and Environmental Engineering, 2012
  • Princess Kara Parker-Smith, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2012
  • Daniel Kim, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2012
  • Matthew Tang, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2012
  • Kelly McBride, BS, Biological and Environmental Engineering, 2012
  • Lulu Bai, BS, Biological and Environmental Engineering, 2012
  • Joseph Shawky, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2011
  • Esther Lim, BS, Biological and Environmental Engineering, 2011
  • Na Young Kim, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2011
  • Alina Starchenko, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2011
  • Libin Yuan, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, Biomedical Engineering, 2011
  • Jonathan Charest, MS, Biomedical Engineering, 2011
  • Monica Jackman, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2010
  • Christine Montague, PhD,  Post-Doctoral Associate, 2008-2010
  • Tracy Cheung, BS, Biological and Environmental Engineering, 2010
  • John Peloquin, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2010
  • Rafael Gonzalez-Cruz, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2010
  • Shaoyang Anthony Yeh, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2010
  • Yun-shao Peter Sung, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2010
  • Chieh-Hsiang Jason Yang, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2010
  • Joshua Horwitz, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2009
  • Katrina Shum, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2009
  • Josephine Bodle, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2008
  • Kartoa Chow, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2008
  • Samantha Spindel, MEng, Biomedical Engineering, 2008
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