Adam Feinberg is the Arthur Hamerschlag Career Development Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and is the principal investigator of the Regenerative Biomaterials & Therapeutics Group. He has been in a faculty position since 2010 and has been fortunate to receive funding from notable sources including the NIH Director's New Innovator Award, the NSF CAREER Award, and the Human Frontiers Science Program. This has allowed him to rapidly build a group that has trained over 11 Ph.D. students, 11 M.S. students, and 5 postdoctoral fellows. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed research articles and filed over 15 patent applications.

Feinberg's scientific interests are focused on cell-material interactions and understanding how guidance cues can be encoded in the extracellular space to organize multicellular assembly. His background is in materials science and tissue engineering, providing him with a unique skill set to complete this work. His laboratory is investigating protein-based materials composed of nanostructured extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins for application in a range of applications including muscle tissue engineering, corneal repair, and cancer. To tackle these problems they are using tools of nano- and micro-fabrication in concert with molecular biology and 3-D, live-cell imaging of engineered constructs. His lab has recently developed two novel techniques: (i) an ECM shrink-wrapping technique to build a basement membrane around groups of cells and (ii) a 3-D bioprinting approach that dramatically improves the structures that can be biofabricated using soft ECM gels such as collagen and fibrin.

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Tissue Engineering: 3-D Printing of the Heart and Arteries

Tissue Engineering: 3-D Printing of the Heart and Arteries

Adam Feinberg Demonstrates 3-D Bioprinting Process

Leveraging 3-D Printing to Repair Damaged Hearts

Patterning on Topography

Tissue Engineering to Treat Human Disease


2004 Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida

2002 MS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida

1999 BS, Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University

Media mentions

CMU Engineering

Creating lungs “from scratch”

There are many ways to make a lung. With so many possible approaches, where do you even start? BME Ph.D. student Erica Comber has the answer.

CMU Engineering

A FRESH take on bioprinting

Adam Feinberg, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and materials science & engineering, has developed the novel Freeform Reversible Embedding of Suspended Hydrogels (FRESH) 3-D bioprinting technique, which allows for the printing of soft gels.

Health Tech

Feinberg quoted on cheaply printing organs

BME/MSE’s Adam Feinberg and BME’s Kira Pusch were quoted by Health Tech in an article discussing their low-cost and open-source 3D bioprinting technology.

CMU Engineering

Cohen-Karni wins CMBE Young Innovator Award

BME/MSE’s Tzahi Cohen-Karni has been named a 2018 Young Innovator in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering. Cohen-Karni is a member of the Bioengineered Organs Initiative. and 3-D Printing Industry

CMU 3-D printing algorithm leverages human expertise

BME/MSE’s Adam Feinberg, EPP’s Alex Davis, BME/EPP Ph.D student Sara Abdollahi, and the Department of Social and Decision Sciences’ John H. Miller recently published research on a new algorithm they created that uses human expertise as a starting point to predict the optimum parameters for the 3-D printing of soft materials.

Electronic Products

Feinberg mentioned on affordable 3-D bioprinters

BME/MSE’s Adam Feinberg was referenced in Electronics Products for his ingenious research into producing affordable 3-D bioprinting mechanisms.

CMU Engineering

Combining experts and automation in 3-D printing

The Expert-Guided Optimization method combines expert judgment with an optimization algorithm to enable high-fidelity 3-D printing of soft materials.

Electronics 360, 3D Printing Industry

Feinberg printing hearts on a budget

Research by Adam Feinberg, TJ Hinton, and Kira Pusch on their cost-effective 3-D printing modification that allows for printing of human tissues a on large scale was featured in Electronics 360 and 3D Printing Industry.

CMU Engineering

3-DIY: Printing your own bioprinter

Researchers in BME have developed a low-cost 3-D bioprinter by modifying a standard desktop 3-D printer, and they have released the breakthrough designs as open source.

Fast Company

Feinberg to advise new biotech startup

Advised by the original researchers in the field, including MSE/BME's Adam Feinberg, the Biolife4D team, a new biotech startup, will soon be finalizing the process of 3-D printing human hearts for transplant.

CMU Engineering

Fixing the unfixable with microtissues

For her senior project, MSE/BME alum Sabrina Liu proved that tiny heart tissues can be used to power soft robotic devices.

Materials Research Society Bulletin

Feinberg serves as guest editor for latest issue of MRS Bulletin

BME/MSE’s Adam Feinberg was a guest editor for the August issue of Materials Research Society Bulletin, which focused on 3D Bioprinting of Organs.