Biography

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

Number

Name

Level

BIOE 4411

Capstone Elective: Biomaterials

Undergraduate

BIOE 4461

Capstone Elective: Principles of Tissue Engineering

Undergraduate

BIOE 5461

Principles of Tissue Engineering

Graduate

BIOE 5600

Bioengineering Graduate Seminar

Graduate

BIOE 5741

Biomaterials for Engineers

Graduate

Selected Publications

  • Bellas, E., Alimperti, S., & Chen, C.S. (2015). Cytoskeletal Tension Mediates Adipocyte Dysfunction in a 3D In Vitro Model of Obesity. TISSUE ENGINEERING PART A, 21, pp. S317-S317. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

  • Bellas, E., Rollins, A., Moreau, J.E., Lo, T., Quinn, K.P., Fourligas, N., Georgakoudi, I., Leisk, G.G., Mazan, M., Thane, K.E., Taeymans, O., Hoffman, A.M., Kaplan, D.L., & Kirker-Head, C.A. (2015). Equine model for soft-tissue regeneration. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part B Applied Biomaterials, 103(6), pp. 1217-1227. doi: 10.1002/jbm.b.33299

  • Bellas, E., Lo, T.J., Fournier, E.P., Brown, J.E., Abbott, R.D., Gil, E.S., Marra, K.G., Rubin, J.P., Leisk, G.G., & Kaplan, D.L. (2015). Injectable Silk Foams for Soft Tissue Regeneration. Advanced Healthcare Materials, 4(3), pp. 452-459. doi: 10.1002/adhm.201400506

  • Bellas, E. & Chen, C.S. (2014). Forms, forces, and stem cell fate. Current Opinion in Cell Biology, 31, pp. 92-97. doi: 10.1016/j.ceb.2014.09.006

  • Hoare, T., Yeo, Y., Bellas, E., Bruggeman, J.P., & Kohane, D.S. (2014). Prevention of peritoneal adhesions using polymeric rheological blends. Acta Biomaterialia, 10(3), pp. 1187-1193. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2013.12.029