Adam Feinberg is the Arthur Hamerschlag Career Development Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and is the principal investigator of the Regenerative Biomaterials & Therapeutics Group. He has been in a faculty position since 2010 and has been fortunate to receive funding from notable sources including the NIH Director's New Innovator Award, the NSF CAREER Award, and the Human Frontiers Science Program. This has allowed him to rapidly build a group that has trained over 11 Ph.D. students, 11 M.S. students, and 5 postdoctoral fellows. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed research articles and filed over 15 patent applications.

Feinberg's scientific interests are focused on cell-material interactions and understanding how guidance cues can be encoded in the extracellular space to organize multicellular assembly. His background is in materials science and tissue engineering, providing him with a unique skill set to complete this work. His laboratory is investigating protein-based materials composed of nanostructured extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins for application in a range of applications including muscle tissue engineering, corneal repair, and cancer. To tackle these problems they are using tools of nano- and micro-fabrication in concert with molecular biology and 3-D, live-cell imaging of engineered constructs. His lab has recently developed two novel techniques: (i) an ECM shrink-wrapping technique to build a basement membrane around groups of cells and (ii) a 3-D bioprinting approach that dramatically improves the structures that can be biofabricated using soft ECM gels such as collagen and fibrin.

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Breakthrough: 3D printing the human heart

Tissue Engineering: 3-D Printing of the Heart and Arteries

Tissue Engineering: 3-D Printing of the Heart and Arteries

Adam Feinberg Demonstrates 3-D Bioprinting Process

Leveraging 3-D Printing to Repair Damaged Hearts

Patterning on Topography

Tissue Engineering to Treat Human Disease


2004 Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida

2002 MS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida

1999 BS, Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University

Media mentions

the Bioengineered Organs Initiative

FluidForm is Fast Co. World Changing Ideas Award finalist

Carnegie Mellon University spinout company FluidForm, co-founded by BME’s Adam Feinberg, was named a finalist for Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Award. The company was featured in the experimental category for its Freeform Reversible Embedding of Suspended Hydrogels (FRESH) 3D bioprinting technology.

CMU Engineering

Healing large wounds fast

CMU has secured a $22 million DARPA grant to develop a device combining artificial intelligence, bioelectronics, and regenerative medicine to regrow muscle tissue, especially after combat injuries.

BBC Science Focus, Scientific American, WebMD, U.S. News & World Report

Feinberg helps develop technique to 3D print heart segment

BME/MSE’s Adam Feinberg and a team of researchers developed a new bioprinting method that can create parts of the human heart out of collagen, with an accuracy of 0.02 millimeters. The printer pushes collagen into a semisolid gel, the collagen solidifies, and then the gel is washed away.

CMU Engineering

Self-rolling sensors take heart cell readings in 3D

A new organ-on-an-electronic-chip platform, published in Science Advances, uses self-rolling biosensor arrays to coil up and measure the electrophysiology of heart cells in 3D.

CMU Engineering

3D printing the human heart

CMU researchers have published in Science a new 3D bioprinting method that brings the field of tissue engineering one step closer to being able to 3D print a full-sized, adult human heart.

CMU Engineering

3D printing soft materials with AI

Carnegie Mellon University researchers created a machine learning algorithm that optimizes parameters of soft materials 3D printing.

Mechanical Engineering

Polymers, printing, and pathways

A novel approach to 3D printing using a support bath can greatly expand the types of polymers that can be printed, enable chemical reactions of the printed materials to gain novel material properties, and increase the mechanical strength and reduce the print time of mechanical parts through design optimization.

The Denver Post

Feinberg works toward 3D printing of human organs with Aleph Objects

Adam Feinberg has teamed up with 3D printer manufacturer Aleph Objects to work toward 3D printing of human organs.

CMU Engineering

Creating lungs “from scratch”

There are many ways to make a lung. With so many possible approaches, where do you even start? BME Ph.D. student Erica Comber has the answer.

the Manufacturing Futures Initiative

A FRESH take on bioprinting

Adam Feinberg, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and materials science & engineering, has developed the novel Freeform Reversible Embedding of Suspended Hydrogels (FRESH) 3-D bioprinting technique, which allows for the printing of soft gels.

Health Tech

Feinberg quoted on cheaply printing organs

BME/MSE’s Adam Feinberg and BME’s Kira Pusch were quoted by Health Tech in an article discussing their low-cost and open-source 3D bioprinting technology.

CMU Engineering

Cohen-Karni wins CMBE Young Innovator Award

BME/MSE’s Tzahi Cohen-Karni has been named a 2018 Young Innovator in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering. Cohen-Karni is a member of the Bioengineered Organs Initiative.