Janet Zoldan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Janet Zoldan is assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in materials engineering from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, after which she completed her postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Zoldan is also Principal Investigator at The Zoldan Group, a research lab focused on human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) as a model system to explore key principles underlying tissue formation processes by integrating and applying materials and stem cell bioengineering.
The Zoldan Group is a dedicated to further elucidating the effects of a stem cell’s microenvironment on the cell’s proliferation, migration, and differentiation.
Utilizing a unique microfluidic device to deliver proteins into the cytoplasm of iPSCs, Zoldan Group researchers direct iPSC differentiation into cardiac lineages to develop safe, efficient, and robust production of patient-specific cell lines for cell replacement therapies and cardiovascular tissue engineering applications. The pluripotency of stem cells is used to create multi-cellular tissue-structures and induce tissue organization during cellular differentiation.
Zoldan has been recognized as a Children’s Glaucoma Foundation Fellow, an Aly Kaufmann Fellow, and with a Katz Family Award for Outstanding Excellency.
Her research is featured in numerous publications such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences as well as the international journal Biomaterials.
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