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Avathamsa Athirasala

  • Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program, School of Medicine


Avathamsa Athirasala is a graduate student with the OHSU School of Medicine. During the course of her Master's program in the University of Pennsylvania and Research Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, her research focussed on the studying the mechanisms of cell response to matrix mechanics, particularly in the context of stem cell differentiation. More recently, she has worked as a Research Assistant with the Bertassoni lab for 3 years before embarking on her PhD program. Her work with the Bertassoni Lab has focussed on engineering technologies that enhance our understanding of these cell-matrix interactions in a translational context with a goal towards regenerative applications.

Education and training

  • Degrees

    • B.S.E., 2008, Osmania University
    • M.S., 2012, University of Pennsylvania


Selected publications

  • BoneMA – synthesis and characterization of methacrylated bone-derived hydrogel for bioprinting of in-vitro vascularized tissue constructs. PP Selvakumar, A Athirasala, A Tahayeri, R Abdelmoniem, A George, L E Bertassoni, Biofabrication 2020
  • Rapid fabrication of vascularized and innervated cell-laden bone models with biomimetic intrafibrillar collagen mineralization.Greeshma Thrivikraman, Avathamsa Athirasala, Ryan Gordon, Limin Zhang, Raymond Bergan, Douglas R Keene, James M Jones, Hua Xie, Zhiqiang Chen, Jinhui Tao, Brian Wingender, Laurie Gower , Jack L Ferracane, Luiz E Bertassoni.Nature communications 10 (1), 1-14
  • Messenger RNA delivery for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications.Siddharth Patel, Avathamsa Athirasala, Paula P Menezes, N Ashwanikumar, Ting Zou, Gaurav Sahay, Luiz E Bertassoni.Tissue Engineering Part A 25 (1-2), 91-112
  • A dentin-derived hydrogel bioink for 3D bioprinting of cell laden scaffolds for regenerative dentistry.Avathamsa Athirasala, Anthony Tahayeri, Greeshma Thrivikraman, Cristiane M França, Nelson Monteiro, Victor Tran, Jack Ferracane, Luiz E Bertassoni.Biofabrication 10 (2), 024101
  • A novel strategy to engineer pre-vascularized full-length dental pulp-like tissue constructs.Avathamsa Athirasala, Fernanda Lins, Anthony Tahayeri, Monica Hinds, Anthony J Smith, Christine Sedgley, Jack Ferracane, Luiz E Bertassoni.Scientific reports 7 (1), 1-11
  • Nuclear mechanotransduction: sensing the force from within.Avathamsa Athirasala, Nivi Hirsch, Amnon Buxboim.Current opinion in cell biology 46, 119-127.
  • Constricted cell migration drives lamin segregation, repair factor demixing, and DNA damage.J Irianto, CR Pfeifer, A Athirasala, IL Ivanovska, RA Greenberg, DE Discher. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE CELL 26


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