Dr. Evangelia Bellas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Temple University. Prior to joining Temple University, Dr. Bellas was a postdoctoral fellow in Biomedical Engineering at Boston University and Bioengineering at University of Pennsylvania under the mentorship of Dr. Christopher Chen where she developed 3D in vitro adipose tissue disease models. She received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University mentored by Dr. David Kaplan. Her Ph.D. research focused on developing long-term volume stable silk biomaterials for soft tissue regeneration. This work resulted in 2 patent applications and a start-up. Before starting her Ph.D., Dr. Bellas was at Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of Drs. Robert Langer and Daniel Kohane, where she worked on biomaterial, drug delivery solutions for prevention of peritoneal adhesions and controlled release formulations for long-term pain management. Her current research focuses on the development of fat-on-chip and (dys)functional adipose tissue models to study how vascularization and interactions with the microenvironment impact tissue health and function.

Labs: BellasFATLab

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Research Interests

  • Adipose Tissue
  • Angiogenesis
  • Microenvironment
  • Cell Mechanics
  • Obesity
  • Disease Models
  • Soft Tissue Regeneration
  • Biomaterials
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Regenerative Medicine

Courses Taught




BIOE 4411

Capstone Elective: Biomaterials


BIOE 4461

Capstone Elective: Principles of Tissue Engineering


BIOE 5461

Principles of Tissue Engineering


BIOE 5600

Bioengineering Graduate Seminar


BIOE 5741

Biomaterials for Engineers


Selected Publications

  • Caprio, N.D.i. & Bellas, E. (2020). Collagen Stiffness and Architecture Regulate Fibrotic Gene Expression in Engineered Adipose Tissue. Advanced Biosystems, 4(6). doi: 10.1002/adbi.201900286

  • Hammel, J.H. & Bellas, E. (2020). Endothelial cell crosstalk improves browning but hinders white adipocyte maturation in 3D engineered adipose tissue. Integrative Biology : Quantitative Biosciences from Nano to Macro, 12(4), pp. 81-89. doi: 10.1093/intbio/zyaa006

  • Tehrani, R., Helferty, J.J., Kiani, M.F., Suh, W.H., & Bellas, E. (2017). A project based approach to introduction to engineering. 2017 FYEE Conference.