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Ryan E. Tomlinson, Principal Investigator


Dr. Ryan Tomlinson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Tomlinson obtained his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis after completing his B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. Before coming to Thomas Jefferson, Dr. Tomlinson completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins University. He is originally from Fort Lauderdale, FL. Outside of the lab, he can be found watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, making sourdough bread, hanging out with his family, drinking coffee, and/or eating donuts. You can contact Dr. Tomlinson here.

Sam Rajpar


Sam is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab. She completed her PhD in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences at Virginia Tech in 2019, studying the phenotypic differences in endogenous tendon stem cells and their contributions to in vitro differentiation.

Nicholas Ruggiero


Nick is a research technician in the lab. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2018. Outside of the lab, he is an Eagle scout and competes in rowing.

Gabriella Fioravanti


Gabby is a research technician in the lab. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2018. She is originally from North Jersey but is now residing in the proper half of the state.

Bing Xia

Bing Xia

Bing is an associate chief physician of the Pediatric Orthopedics Department at The Third Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, Henan Province in China. He is a visiting scholar in the laboratory with funding from the 5451 project of the Hygiene Department of the Henan Province.

Alexandra Ciuciu


Sandra is pursuing her PhD in Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University after completing her undergraduate degree in Bioengineering at Temple University, where she was on the Dean's list for 8 semesters.

Samantha Blum

Sam B

Sam is pursuing her Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University after completing her undergraduate degree in Health Services at St. Joseph's. Sam is a Philadelphia native and loves all the jawns.

Devin Morrison


Devin is an undergraduate student at Jefferson, majoring in Industrial Design with a concentration in Biodesign. Her research focuses on using 3D bioprinting for dental applications. Outside the lab, Devin loves bird watching, riding her motorcycle, and hiking with her dog.

Lauren Israel


Lauren is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with a minor in Communications from Drexel University, with an anticipated graduation in 2020. She is also in the medical humanities certificate program. Outside of the lab, she is an EMT and does a variety of martial arts.

Lab Alumni

Tyler Damasiewicz
Manisha Rajaghatta
Kimberly Huang
Bianca Magsino
Joseph Botros
Medical Student
Sonya Jacobsen
6/18 to 8/18
Dylan Chayes
Medical Student
6/18 to 8/18
Emily Rumpf
Master's Student
4/17 to 7/18
Jino Park
Research Technician
12/16 to 5/18
Phuong Hua
4/17 to 4/18
Sonali Govande
3/17 to 9/17