Rosalyn Abbott-Beauregard 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.
Understanding Disease by Modeling Human Tissue
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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Growing fat cells on silk
BME’s 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.