Researchers reflect back on a busy year and look forward to new projects, a second Knight Campus building and other developments on the horizon at the Knight Campus
Since arriving at the Knight Campus in early 2022, Gabriella Lindberg has been busy hiring research staff and setting up her lab, which among other things, is pursuing a blueprint to bridge the gap between engineered and native musculoskeletal tissues.
“It is a real privilege to not only be establishing my new lab, but also to be a part of building a robust culture and a research environment that is supportive of a diverse community”, said Lindberg, an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering. “We are particularly interested in developing patient centric platforms so that more patients can access treatments that have been customized to their specific health needs.”
Recently Lindberg and her team of investigators celebrated the one-year anniversary of their lab. Lindberg has found an environment at the Knight Campus where she can combine all her interests — her love of biology, her passion for chemistry and her affinity for 3D bioprinting and other bioengineering technologies.
“I strongly believe that impactful research cannot be achieved in isolation, and the Knight Campus is just very well equipped for fostering collaborations,” Lindberg said. “My lab members embrace working with other Knight Campus labs on a daily basis. This natural peer support that forms has really helped grow our own skills as well as our ability to help pass on new knowledge.”
The past year has been a busy one in the lab. Lindberg received a New Investigator Grant from the Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Medical Research Foundation to develop a 3D-Bioprinted Bone Marrow Model and funding from the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance to investigate joint assembloids and organoids.
“I’m especially excited that we have already initiated collaborations with local clinicians in Eugene as well as researchers from Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University to help drive more patient-centric research,” Lindberg said. “Through the Wu Tsai Alliance, we get to further explore human performance in a fantastic open-access approach together with leading universities across the US. It’s a collaborative environment unlike any other.”
Lindberg and her team have published several papers, including a study on vascular hydrogels for bone implants and formation, as well as a paper in the journal Advanced Materials Interfaces exploring an innovative approach to cartilage regeneration
— January 19, 2023