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Samira Musah, PhD
Assistant Professor
Duke University

The Musah Lab is interested in understanding how molecular signals and biophysical forces can function either synergistically or independently to guide organ development and physiology, and how these processes can be therapeutically harnessed to treat human disease. Given the escalating medical crisis in nephrology as growing number of patients suffer from kidney disease that can lead to organ failure, the Musah Lab focuses on engineering stem cell fate for applications in human kidney disease, extra-renal complications, and therapeutic development. Dr. Musah’s research interests include stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, molecular and cellular basis of human organ development and disease progression, organ engineering, patient-specific disease models, biomarker identification, therapeutic discovery, tissue and organ transplantation, microphysiological systems including Organ Chips (organs-on-chips) and organoids, matrix biology, mechanotransduction and disease biophysics.

Research Keywords:

# Mechanobiology
# Organoids
# Mechanotransduction
# Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
# Disease Mechanisms
# Regenerative Medicine
# Organ Engineering
# Patient-specific Disease Models
# Biomarkers
# Therapeutic Discovery
# Tissue and Organ Transplantation
# Matrix Biology
# Disease Biophysics
# Microphysiological Systems
# Organs-on-chips

Mentor: Geoffrey S. Ginsburg, MD, PhD

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