Dammy and Peter present their work at NJCBM 2017!

Hafiz (Dammy) Busari and Peter presented posters at the 2017 New Jersey Center for Biomaterials (NJCBM) Symposium in Iselin, NJ on Pharmaceutical Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine : From Concept to Manufacturing. Dammy’s poster titled, “3D Printing with Peptide-Polymer Conjugates to Create Spatially Organized Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering” and Peter’s on “Determination of Mechanical Properties for 3D-Printed Microfibers” illustrates the multidisciplinary work going on in the Chow Lab in collaboration with the Dailey Lab at Lehigh. Great symposium showing all the cool science going on in biomaterials.

Well done, Dammy and Peter!


Kelly Seims and Divya Patel at BMES 2017!

Earlier this month, our awesome undergrad researchers Kelly Seims and Divya Patel presented their work at BMES 2017 in Phoenix, AZ. Kelly gave a talk titled, “Spatial Organization of Peptides by 3D Printing with Peptide-Polymer Conjugates” and Divya presented a poster titled, “3D printing with Peptide-Polymer Conjugates to Control Scaffold Functionalization and Porosity”.

Thanks for representing the Chow Lab and Lehigh Bioengineering so well!

The Chow Lab welcomes new PhD student Paula Camacho!

Paula Camacho joined our lab in August 2017 as a PhD student in Bioengineering. She received her DVM degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and was previously at Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Biomedical and Veterinary Science. Welcome, Paula!

Lehigh establishes new Department of Bioengineering

As of July 1, 2017, Lehigh has officially established a new Department of Bioengineering in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. This department emerges from our strong Bioengineering Program and will be led by Professor and Founding Chair Anand Jagota, our long-time director of the program. Congratulations to Prof. Jagota and fellow colleagues! The Chow Lab is excited to be a part of the team and can’t wait to see our department grow.

Dammy, Peter, and Lesley present at ATB 2017 Materials Innovations for Additive Manufacturing

This year’s  Lehigh Emerging Technology Network’s (LETN) Advancing Technologies for Business event focused on additive manufacturing (AM) with an emphasis on materials innovations. It was an exciting event with great talks, posters, and exhibits from academia and industry. Dammy and Peter presented posters titled, “Fabrication of Biotinylated Peptide Functionalized Scaffolds Using 3D Printing” and “Determination of Mechanical Properties for 3D-Printed Microfibers” to showcase our latest work. Lesley discussed how we are designing new functionalized polymer inks to 3D print scaffolds for tissue engineering in her talk “Focus on the Ink: Developing New Materials for 3D Printing”. Learn more about the event here.

Photo credit: Mary Anne Lynch


Chow Lab goes bowling to celebrate the end of the semester!

The Chow Lab went bowling to celebrate the end of the semester together! Some highlights:

  • The undergrads bowled better than the rest of the group. A lot better.
  • Bitter rivalry between Peter and Dammy carried over to the lanes.
  • Lesley maintained her top spot as worst bowler. Tough competition but she pulled through.
  • Trick shot bowling should be done with care… but results in strikes.

Super fun time 🙂 Thanks for all the hard work this year, everyone!



Chow Lab attends Penn Orthopaedics 2017 Cartilage Repair Symposium!

Katie Hudson, Peter Schwarzenberg, Dammy Busari, and Lesley Chow attended the Penn Orthopaedics 2017 Cartilage Repair Symposium to learn more about the groundbreaking research and surgical techniques in the field. As a biomaterials group at the basic science level, it is especially important for us to be reminded of why we do the work we do — to improve the quality of life for patients in need. Very motivating!

Big thanks to Robert Mauck and James Carey (and many others behind the scenes) for organizing a great event and the Penn Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Penn Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for their generous support that enabled our trainees to attend at no cost. Looking forward to next year!