Ozbolat Lab

Ozbolat Lab at the Penn State University focuses on establishing cutting-edge bioprinting science and technology for engineering around 10 different tissue types. The research group has been engaged in several projects sponsored by governmental agencies, private corporations, foundations, local agencies and industry.

The current active research projects include:
1. Bioprinting of pancreatic organs for Type-I diabetes
2. Vascular and vascularized tissue bioprinting and angiogenesis
3. Intraoperative composite tissue bioprinting
4. Scaffold-free tissue printing
5. Bioprinting of organ-a-chip models including cancer, pancreas and lung
6. Development of new bioinks for advanced tissue bioprinting
7. Development of new bioprinter technologies
8. Understanding physics of bioprinting processes
9. Bioprinting tumor models for immune-cancer cell interactions
10. Bioprinting of human lung tissue models


Short Biography

Dr. Ozbolat is a Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics Department, Biomedical Engineering Department, and Neurosurgery Department, and a faculty member of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Materials Research Institute, Center for Neural Engineering, Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition, and Center for Research on Advanced Fiber Technologies at the Penn State University. Previously, he was a faculty member of The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA and spearheaded the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Group and the Biomanufacturing Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in tissue engineering from the University at Buffalo (SUNY) in Buffalo, New York, and dual B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and in Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

Dr. Ozbolat's major research thrust is in the area of Bioprinting and Tissue Engineering. His research on bioprinting for tissue and organ fabrication has been published in several high-quality venues, received various awards and has been featured in national and international media, broadcast TVs and press numerous times. He frequently gives talks at national and international forums, conferences and seminars and organizes demonstrations and events to the public and youths to encourage participation of future's engineers in medicine, engineering and science. His technology spun off two start-up companies and he is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Alpha Pi Mu, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and Regenerative Medicine Manufacturing Society. He currently sits in the advisory board of Biolife4D and Brinter companies.  


1. Incentive Award (Presidential Award), Turkish Health Institutes (2022)
2. Hartz Family Career Professorship in Engineering (2017)
3. FAME Jr Award, the International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award (2015)
4. Hamed K. Eldin Outstanding Early Career IE in Academia Award (2015)
5. Who's Who in America (2015)
6. ASME Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (2014)
7. ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal Award (2014)
8. National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award (2014)
9. Society of Manufacturing Engineers Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (2014)
10. IIE Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Manufacturing and Design Best Track Paper, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2013)
11. Article Selected in 2013 Highlights of Biofabrication, IOP (2013)
12. Start up Launch Award, The University of Iowa (2013)
13. Leadership Award, Center for Computer-Aided Design (2013)
14. Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award, Iowa City (2013)
15. Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award, Iowa City (2012)
16. The University of Iowa Old Gold Summer Fellowship Award (2012)
17. 3rd Prize Recipient in the UB Engineering Graduate Student Poster Competition (2010)
18. Winner of Industrial & Systems Engineering Department Poster Competition (2010)
19. University at Buffalo, Graduate Research Assistantship (sponsored by DOD) (2009)
20. University at Buffalo, Graduate Teaching Assistantship (2007, 2009)
21. Turkish National Education Foundation Scholar for Undergraduate Study (2002-2006)
22. Bronze Medal, 3rd International Mathematics Olympics, The Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey (1998)

Upcoming Talks

Invited Talk: 9th Rare Tumor Syposium (February 2022).

Invited Lecture: Penn State Sigma Xi Lecture (Nov 9, 2021).

Invited Talk: ASTM International Conference on Additive Manufacturing (Nov 1-5, 2021).

Invited Seminar: Biomedical Engineering Department, Binghamton University (Oct 22, 2021).

Invited Talk: Bioprinting and Bioink Innovations for 3D-Tissues (Oct 6, 2021).

Invited Talk: BioTurkiye (Sept 9, 2021)

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