About Hoffman-Kim Laboratory


The goal of the Hoffman-Kim laboratory is to understand axon guidance in complex environments and inform biomaterial and tissue engineering strategies for promoting nerve regeneration. We apply engineering techniques to biological systems in vitro to challenge growing neurons with multiple guidance cues, including diffusible factors, substrate-bound molecules, electrical cues, and topographical surface features.

About Diane Hoffman-Kim

Diane Hoffman-Kim, Ph.D is Associate Professor of Medical Science and Engineering in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology and the Center for Biomedical Engineering at Brown University. Her multidisciplinary research background includes experience in optics engineering, biomaterials, tissue engineering, neural transplantation, drug delivery, cell encapsulation, and cellular and developmental biology. Professor Hoffman-Kim teaches BIOL 1140 - Tissue Engineering, a spring semester course for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students. Prof. Hoffman-Kim is also director of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering.
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Additional Information

For articles featuring research in the Hoffman-Kim laboratory, visit the

"New generation of Healing: Growing Body Parts" in

"Research explores nerve cell regeneration" in:

"Laser-wielding students explore ways to jump-start nerve growth" in:

"Neural Tissue Engineering" in:

"Brown Team Creates Uncanny Cell Replicas for Treatment, Research" in:

"Growing nerve cells in 3-D affects gene expression" in:

"Fake plastic cells" in: