Melissa Kinney

Credentials: Biomedical Engineering Department

Position title: Stem cell systems biology


Phone: 608-890-3301

2148 Engineering Centers Building
1550 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Headshot Melissa Kinney

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focus groups:

Developmental Biology & Regenerative Medicine; Immunology; Systems Biology

research description:

As an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I have merged my experiences across engineering and biology to establish the Stem Cell Systems Biology Laboratory. Integrating my training in tissue engineering, stem cell biology, hematology and systems biology, my lab is studying stem cell organoid development through a quantitative lens, with an initial focus on hematopoietic lineages (e.g. HSCs, RBCs, T cells). Broadly, my vision is to train the next generation of interdisciplinary scientists to draw inspiration from their diverse backgrounds and expertise to tackle the collective goal of empowering stem cell research through quantitative biology. An important key in this goal is the recruitment of trainees across fields, particularly those from Cell and Molecular Biology. I envision that trainees will operate at the interface of biology and engineering research and move freely across the computationalexperimental space. I anticipate that this innovative strategy, in combination with resources garnered through UW-Madison’s position as a world-renowned pioneer in stem cell research, will uniquely enable me to build functional biological models that will serve as novel stem cell-based tissue platforms for disease modeling, drug testing and cell therapy.


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