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Welcome to the Bellas FAT Lab!

We like to grow fat  … in the lab.

We study how adipocytes, the main cell type found in adipose tissue (fat), interact with their microenvironment to learn how fat functions under normal and disease conditions.

To achieve this, we employ different approaches:

  • Tissue engineered, in vitro models to examine how interactions with the extracellular matrix influence adipocyte behavior and conversely, how adipocytes remodel their microenvironment in response to various cues
  • Microfluidic, fat-on-chip systems to examine how the vasculature impacts adipose tissue function

We apply this understanding of adipose tissue to study:

  • Metabolic diseases, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes
  • Soft tissue regeneration and reconstruction for filling of soft tissue defects caused by trauma, tumor resections or congenital defects

Recent Posts

BFL Visiting Summer Student Farewell!

Farewell to our visiting summer students, Alice, headed back to BME @ USC and Joey, headed back to BME@Brown. We enjoyed having you and keep in touch!

  1. 2018 Summer Lab Party with our friends the JABLab @UPenn Comments Off on 2018 Summer Lab Party with our friends the JABLab @UPenn
  2. Dr. Bellas awarded NIH LRP Award! Comments Off on Dr. Bellas awarded NIH LRP Award!
  3. BellasFATLab at the BioEngineering Summer 2018 Symposium Comments Off on BellasFATLab at the BioEngineering Summer 2018 Symposium
  4. BellasFATLab part of Women Empowering Engineering Summer Camp Comments Off on BellasFATLab part of Women Empowering Engineering Summer Camp
  5. Science in the Park, Hunting Park Comments Off on Science in the Park, Hunting Park
  6. Golnaz receives TU Summer Research Fellowship! Comments Off on Golnaz receives TU Summer Research Fellowship!
  7. BellasFATLab at the NorthEast Bioengineering Conference (NEBEC) Comments Off on BellasFATLab at the NorthEast Bioengineering Conference (NEBEC)
  8. BellasFATLab at Penn Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism (IDOM) Comments Off on BellasFATLab at Penn Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism (IDOM)
  9. Happy Valentine’s Day from BFL Comments Off on Happy Valentine’s Day from BFL