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Murat Guvendiren

Contact Info

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 204 york center
Phone: 973-596-2932
Dept: chem bio and pharm eng


About Me

Dr. Guvendiren’s research focuses on designing novel polymeric biomaterials for tissue engineering applications and regenerative medicine. In particular, he is interested in spatiotemporal control of hydrogel properties, cell-biomaterial interactions, 3D bioprinting, biofabrication, surface pattering and photopolymerization. Applications of his research include regeneration of bone, cartilage and osteochondral interface as well as engineered in vitro disease models. Prior to joining NJIT, Dr. Guvendiren was an Assistant Research Professor at Rutgers University, at the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials. Dr. Guvendiren did a postdoc in Bioengineering and Materials Science and Engineering Departments at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University.


  • PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 2007
  • MSc, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Middle East Technical University, (Ankara, Turkey), 2003
  • BS, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), 2000

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Chemical Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2016-present
  • Assistant Research Professor, New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, Rutgers University, 2013-2016
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2008-2013
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2007-2008

Awards and Honors 

  • The Penn Institute for Regenerative Medicine and The Center for Engineering Cells and Regeneration – Best Poster Award, 2012
  • American Society for Photobiology Frederick Urbach Memorial Travel Award, 2012
  • The Adhesion Science Peebles Student Award for Graduate Student Research in The Adhesion Science, 2007
  • Mustafa N. Parlar Science Foundation Thesis of the Year Award, 2003
  • Turkish Higher Education Council Ph.D. Scholarship, 2003-2007



Development, characterization and applications of biomaterials:   

  • Spatiotemporal control of hydrogel properties
  • Surface patterning (harnessing elastic instabilities)
  • Polymer synthesis, processing and characterization
  • Additive manufacturing – 3D Printing and 3D Bioprinting
  • Biomanufacturing
  • Design and development of scaffolds and medical devices
  • Cell-biomaterial interactions
  • Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
  • In vitro disease models


  • Kenneth R. Shull, Murat Guvendiren, Phillip B. Messersmith, Bruce P. Lee. “Modified acrylic block copolymers for hydrogels and pressure sensitive wet adhesives”. US Patent 7,943,703, issued 2011.
  • Kenneth R. Shull, Murat Guvendiren, Phillip B. Messersmith, Bruce P. Lee. “Modified acrylic block copolymers for hydrogels and pressure sensitive wet adhesives”. US Patent 7,732,539, issued 2010.
  • Kenneth R. Shull, Murat Guvendiren, Phillip B. Messersmith, Bruce P. Lee. “Modified acrylic block copolymers for hydrogels and pressure sensitive wet adhesives”. US Patent 7,635,737, issued 2009.


See full list of publications in Google Scholar: 

Highlighted Publications:

  • Liaw C-Y.; *Guvendiren M.; "Current and emerging applications of 3D printing in medicine", Biofabrication, 2017, 9:024102
  • Ji S.; *Guvendiren M..; "Recent advances in bioink design for 3D bioprinting of tissues and organs", Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 2017, 5(23).
  • Guvendiren M.* Molde J.; Soares R.M.D.; K.; Kohn J.; “Designing biomaterials for 3D printing”, ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering. , 2016, 2(10), 1679-1693. [* Corresponding author; 1 Equal contribution]
  • ​​1Bian L.; 1Guvendiren M.; Mauck R.L.; Burdick J.A. “Hydrogels that mimic developmentally relevant matrix and N-cadherin interactions enhance MSC chondrogenesis”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 2013, 110:10117-101222. [1 Equal contribution]
  • Khetan S.; Guvendiren M.; Legant W.R.; Cohen D.M.; Chen C.S.; Burdick J.A. “Degradation-mediated traction directs stem cell fate, independent of matrix mechanics or cell morphology, within covalently crosslinked 3D hydrogels”, Nature Materials, 2013, 12:458-465.
  • Guvendiren M.; Burdick J.A. “Stiffening substrates to probe short- and long-term cellular responses to dynamic mechanics”, Nature Communications, 2012, 3:792.
  • Guvendiren M.; Lu H., Burdick J.A. “Shear thinning hydrogels for biomedical applications”, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 260-272.
  • Guvendiren M.; Burdick J.A. “The control of stem cell morphology and differentiation by hydrogel surface wrinkles”, Biomaterials, 2010, 31, 6511-6518.
  • Guvendiren M.; Yang S.; Burdick J.A. “Swelling induced surface patterns in hydrogels with gradient crosslinking density”, Advanced Functional Materials, 2009, 19(19), 3038-3045.
  • Guvendiren M.; Messersmith P.B.; Shull K.R. “Self-assembly and adhesion of DOPA-modified methacrylic triblock hydrogels”, Biomacromolecules, 2008, 9, 122-128.