Engineering the Endocrine Pancreas

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Islet Biology and Type 1 Diabetes

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Seeing Inside Beta Cells

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Welcome to the Phelps research group!

Our lab’s mission is to employ an engineering approach to solve significant problems in health and biology.

Our primary focus is the pancreatic islets of Langerhans and their diseases with an emphasis on beta cell dysfunction and autoimmunity in type 1 diabetes.

We specialize in biomaterials technologies as the basis for regenerative strategies and to discover novel biological insights.

Research Overview

Engineered Cellular Microenvironments

Bio-artificial matrices to program cellular responses

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Countering Autoimmunity

Engineering solutions to treat autoimmune disease like T1D

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Immunopathology and Cell Biology of Autoantigens

Understanding the underlying causes and triggers of autoimmunity in T1D

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New Frontiers in Islet Biology

Pushing the boundaries of knowledge on the biology of islet endocrine cells

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Latest News

2020 in review

I haven’t posted any lab news in almost a year. I think it is safe to say we have been a bit bogged down. But plenty of milestones were met. Jorge Santini passed his thesis proposal exam. Two pa…
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Kevin Ling Presents at BMES 2019!

Undergraduate Kevin Ling presenting his poster “Sustained GABA Delivery Implants for Beta Cell Regeneration” at the 2019 Biomedical Engineering Society conference in Philadelphia, PA
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