Dan Abebayehu, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in Professor Thomas H. Barker, PhD’s lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), is studying fibrosis and how different types of fibroblasts could promote tissue regeneration, instead of scar formation. Dan’s research is supported by an NIH Mosaic Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) which provides promising postdoctoral scientists support to transition from mentored research to independent principal investigators. His research is combining two advanced tools, a hydrogel system developed by Donald Griffin, PhD in BME and single-cell RNA sequencing, to determine how fibrosis gets started and if it can be prevented or even reversed.
In addition to his research, Dan is committed to supporting and encouraging underrepresented minorities in engineering and STEM fields. He’s an active member of BME’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.