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Aleksander Skardal

  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • 1080 Carmack Rd
    Columbus, OH 43210



  • B.S., Johns Hopkings University, 2005
  • Ph.D., University of Utah, 2010

Key Honors and Distinctions

  • Edison Awards “Game Changer Award” for Bioprinters in Regenerative Medicine (2013)
  • Clinical and Translational Science Institute Academy Scholar (2016)
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Research Excellence Award (2015, 2017, 2018) 

 RESEARCH AREAS – Skardal Lab for Tissue and Tumor Biofabrication

  • Bioengineering; Biofabrication; Bioprinting; Biomaterials; Tissue Engineering; Cancer; Organ-on-a-Chip; Cancer-on-a-Chip
  • Graduate student and postdoc research opportunities are currently available.




Our research program focuses on the design and implementation of extracellular matrix-inspired hydrogel biomaterials for the biofabrication of tissue and tumor organoids, organ-on-a-chip systems, and cancer-on-a-chip systems for drug screening, disease modeling, and personalized medicine. Our team’s work has broad applicability across tissue types and diseases but has focused primarily in development of cancer models and recently neural models. Our biomaterial systems are largely hyaluronic acid-based with additional custom ECM component addons, synthetically modified in the lab. These are often combined with microfluidic devices for fluid handling capabilities. In particular, we have a significant interest in patient biospecimen-derived models that can facilitate and improve current precision medicine and precision oncology efforts in the clinic.

Journal Articles


  • Skardal, A.; Devarasetty, M.; Kang, H-W.; Mead, I. et al., 2015, "A hydrogel bioink toolkit for mimicking native tissue biochemical and mechanical properties in bioprinted tissue constructs.." Acta biomaterialia 25, 24-34 - 24-34.