Michael Phelan, MS

Doctoral Student

I am a 4th year PhD student at Temple Bioengineering and a pre-doctoral fellow with the National Eye Institute (NEI) in the Neurobiology Neurodegeneration and Repair Laboratory (NNRL). My primary research focus is on the development of new systems and technologies to improve the differentiation and maturation of organoids with a current focus on retinal organoids. I also work with biomaterials, bioinformatics, and fabrication of systems for in vivo applications.

Published Work


Michael A. Phelan, Aratrik Guha, Brandon K Harrison, George Moukarzel, Abigail Tetteh, Yah-el Har-el, Ruth Ochia. Design thinking concepts in Undergraduate Engineering Capstone Projects. ASEE 2020 Conference. June 22-26, 2020

Michael A. Phelan, Anthony L. Gianforcaro, Jonathan A. Gerstenhaber, and Peter I. Lelkes An Air Bubble-Isolating Rotating Wall Vessel Bioreactor for Improved Spheroid/Organoid. Engineering Part C: Methods. Aug 2019.479-488.http://doi.org/10.1089/ten.tec.2019.0088

Phelan MA, Lelkes PI, Swaroop A. Mini and customized low-cost bioreactors for optimized high-throughput generation of tissue organoids. Stem Cell Investig. 2018;5:33. Published 2018 Oct 10. doi:10.21037/sci.2018.09.06