Portrait Photograph of Kristyn Masters

Kristyn Masters


College of Engineering | Biomedical Engineering

Hometown: Madison, WI

Kristyn Masters is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She earned her B.S. from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from Rice University, both in Chemical Engineering. In the Masters Lab, researchers combine engineering tools with biological knowledge to create in vitro models of disease, with a specific focus on cardiovascular dysfunction and cancer. In addition to her research activities, Dr. Masters has received numerous teaching awards and has leadership roles in teaching and mentoring programs.


Using Engineering to Model Disease

Although “tissue engineering” is most often associated with the generation of healthy tissues to replace damaged organs, applying tissue engineering techniques to model disease has the potential to significantly impact medical diagnoses and treatment. I will talk about the opportunities and challenges in making tissue-engineered disease models and the advancements made by my lab toward this goal.