Welcome to the Barabino Laboratory:
Our laboratory operates at the interface between engineering and medicine and encompasses all facets of research training to solve complex medical challenges and improve human health. Under the direction of Dr. Gilda Barabino, our lab provides a supportive environment for career development and affords ample opportunities for rich research experiences with both breadth and depth. We are located within the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The City College of New York.
Research in our laboratory is primarily focused on cellular and tissue responses to fluid mechanical forces in the context of vascular disease and orthopedic tissue engineering. We concentrate on the characterization and quantification of mechanical and biochemical cues that influence tissue growth and disease progression. Our interdisciplinary work incorporates biology, materials science and engineering toward novel therapeutic strategies to improve the health of individuals suffering with sickle cell disease and those suffering with diseases associated with damaged cartilage and bone. To that end, we employ innovative engineering technologies to create models that recapitulate the environment within the body in order to better understand the pathophysiology of disease and the most appropriate strategies for treatment. We also employ complementary animal models to bridge translation of our findings to human clinical practice.