Rosalyn Abbott is an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. In Abbott’s lab, human adipose microenvironments are being developed and tested for responsiveness to stimuli hypothesized to alter disease mechanisms (i.e. the transition of obese tissues to insulin resistant type II diabetic tissues), metabolic behavior, and therapeutic potential. The lab focuses on integrating systems-based modeling with tissue engineering, perfusion bioreactors, and mechanical studies. Specifically, silk is used as a natural biomaterial to support long term culture of adipose micro-environments in vitro. The ultimate goal is to use these adipose tissue systems to inform preventative and therapeutic measures for patients affected by the metabolic syndrome.

Abbott received her Ph.D. from the University of Vermont, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Tufts University.

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2012 Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Vermont

2008 MS, Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2008 BS, Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Curating sustainable meat alternatives

Using cellular agriculture, the Abbott lab is working on a sustainable meat alternative that is safe and tastes good, without needing to sacrifice any animals.

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Krause and Abbott receive NSF CAREER Awards

CMU College of Engineering’s Krause and Abbott receive NSF CAREER Awards for their research in materials science and biomedical engineering.


Abbott quoted on 3D printed meat

BME’s Rosalyn Abbott spoke to BuiltIn about developments in the cellular agriculture industry and the viability of 3D printed meat. “Currently, the majority of livestock are reared in concentrated animal feeding operations causing environmental, public health and food security concerns,” said Abbott.

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Human connections

Recent Engineering graduate Maya Garg discusses her experience as a volunteer tutor for incarcerated people in Allegheny County.

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CMU and Mayo Clinic to collaborate on transplant innovation

Mayo Clinic and Carnegie Mellon University announced today a research agreement to transform organ transplantation. The institutions will bioengineer innovative approaches to address current barriers in organ transplantation.

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Exploring silk’s full potential

Rosalyn Abbott’s latest biomaterials research investigates the use of non-invasive, therapeutic ultrasound to trigger and adjust silk scaffold degradation post-implantation.

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Crunching numbers for regenerative medicine

Undergrad Sean Pereira took a seminar with Rosalyn Abbott, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering. Despite Pereira’s focus on the computational aspects of biology, he was drawn to the work Abbott was exploring with silk applications to different challenges in biomedical engineering.

Carnegie Mellon University

Engineering professors named teaching fellows

BME’s Rosalyn Abbott, MechE’s Mark Bedillion, and CEE’s Gerald Wang have been named Provost’s Inclusive Teaching Fellows. This is awarded to faculty who are working with the Eberly Center to develop new approaches to inclusive and equitable teaching in their classrooms.

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As smooth as silk scaffolding

Tahlia Altgold and Rosalyn Abbott are working on the development of a new method of 3D printing silk proteins to create personalized new tissues for patients needing regenerative medicine. 

College of Engineering’s Celebration of Education Awards announced

Congratulations to the College of Engineering’s 2019 recipients of the Celebration of Education Awards, which recognize individuals who exemplify excellence in teaching, advising, and mentoring.

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Growing fat cells on silk

Rosalyn Abbott studies fat using silk scaffolds to learn about the characteristics of disease mechanisms and metabolic behavior.

Advanced Science News

Abbott and Debari author article on silk biomaterials

BME’s Rosalyn Abbott and MSE Ph.D. candidate Megan Debari recently authored an article in Advanced Science News summarizing their paper, Microscopic considerations for optimizing silk biomaterials.