Chelsea M. Magin, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Bioengineering
Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics

Biographical Sketch
Hi, I’m Dr. Magin, the Principal Investigator of the Bio-inspired Pulmonary Engineering Laboratory at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. My team develops cell culture platforms that precisely and consistently recapitulate the dynamic extracellular microenvironment and complex 3D architecture of lung tissue. We envision that these bioengineered models of lung disease and regeneration will provide a foundation for development of precision therapies. I have extensive experience in the conception, development and translation of medical devices into commercial products.

As the Director of Product Development for Sharklet Technologies, Inc. I led a research and development team that designed medical devices that use the Sharklet surface texture to control biological adhesion. I earned my BS with highest distinction in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida in 2006 with internship experience at Kimberly-Clark Corporation. This was followed by an MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida with Dr. Anthony Brennan in 2008 and 2010, respectively. My doctoral research focused on developing biomaterials to control adhesion of both marine fouling organisms and mammalian cells. During my graduate work I was both a University of Florida Alumni Fellow and a Clare-Booth Luce Graduate Fellow. I also completed an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the Anseth Research Group where I developed user-controlled, dynamically tunable biomaterials to study mesenchymal stem cell differentiation, and the progression of heart disease.

In my free time I love cycling, throwing pottery and enjoying the gorgeous Colorado open spaces.