Panoskaltsis-Mortari Laboratory


Laboratory Focus: Tissue-Organ Engineering and Biofabrication

The Panoskaltsis-Mortari Laboratory is centered on the field of regenerative medicine, which includes Tissue-Organ Enginering and Biofabrication. We study tissue engineering from stem cells using two approaches: 1. Decellularized whole organ scaffolds integrated with sophisticated bioreactors, and 2. 3D Bioprinting using extrusion, suspension, and laser-assisted techniques. Current projects aim to create lung, trachea and esophagus for transplantation, and 3D cancer models to evaluate drugs and cell therapies. Within these projects are studies on the role of extracellular matrix composition and mechanical properties in driving appropriate cell differentiation, and exploration of new strategies to vascularize bioengineered tissue. As this is highly interdisciplinary research, we accept students with various interests ranging from biomedical engineering, physiology, stem cell biology, computer science, mechanical engineering, biomaterials science, and surgery.

Mortari Lab Members standing on the steps of DVRC/MCRB

Our Lab Members

Laboratory Managers
  • Carolyn Meyer 
  • Daniel Sorby
Post Doctoral Fellows
  • Fanben Meng
  • Steve Skolasinski (Pulmonary Fellow)
Graduate Students
  • Zachary Galliger (BME PhD)
  • Caleb Vogt (BME PhD, MSTP)
  • Ifeolu Akinnola (IBP PhD, MSTP)
  • Jijay Rajendran (MS BME)
Undergraduate Students
  • Austin Leikvoll
  • Jennifer Day
  • Justin York
  • Justin Oliver
  • Nik Martinneau
  • Daniel Osarfo-Akoto (Med School)



Want to learn in our lab?

The Panoskaltsis-Mortari Laboratory has openings for 1 Master's student and 2 undergraduate students to work in the lab during the fall of 2019. For more infromation on how to apply email Emily Kukacka at


Publications by Dr. Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari can be found in the link provided.


Dawn Variety Club Cardiovascular Research Center Building (DVRC 267)
425 East River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55455