David Mooney

David Mooney

  • Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering
  • Core Faculty Member, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University


The basic question that drives Mooney's research is: how do mammalian cells receive information from the materials in their environment.

By utilizing the tools of cell and molecular biology, he studies the mechanisms by which chemical (for example, specific cell adhesion molecules) or mechanical signals (for example, cyclic strain) are sensed by cells and alter their proliferation and specialization to either promote tissue growth or destruction.

Mooney uses the results from these studies to design and synthesize new biomaterials that regulate the gene expression of interacting cells for a variety of tissue engineering and drug delivery projects. Current projects focus on therapeutic angiogenesis, regeneration of musculoskeletal tissues, and cancer therapies.

Contact Information

Nickname: Dave
Office:Pierce 319
Office Phone:(617) 384-9624
Office Fax(617) 495-9837
Lab Name:The Mooney Lab: Laboratory for Cell and Tissue Engineering
Lab Location:415 Engineering Sciences Lab
Lab Phone:(617) 495-1689
Assistant:Joan E Cassidy
Assistant Office:Pierce 328A
Assistant Phone:(617) 495-8624
Research Mgr: Joan E Cassidy

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