Dr. Karin Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Temple College of Engineering. Prior to joining Temple, Dr. Wang worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program of Molecular and Integrative Physiological Sciences of the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard University. She received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2015 from Cornell University. Her main research interest is in cell and matrix mechanobiology.  Specifically, she is integrating principles from tissue engineering, biomaterials science, physics, and cell biology to develop model systems and tools that probe cell-matrix interactions for biomedical applications. Using this interdisciplinary approach, the Wang Lab aims to identify and regulate the key mechanobiological drivers of a range of human diseases, with a particular focus on cancer metastasis.

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Research Interests

  • Cell and matrix mechanobiology
    Collective migration
    Extracellular matrix remodeling
    Tissue engineered model systems

Courses Taught




BIOE 0844

The Bionic Human


BIOE 2001

Frontiers in Bioengineering


BIOE 2101

Engineering Principles of Physiological Systems


Selected Publications


  • Guimaraes, P.P.G., Tan, M., Tammela, T., Wu, K., Chung, A., Oberli, M., Wang, K., Spektor, R., Riley, R.S., Viana, C.T.R., Jacks, T., Langer, R., & Mitchell, M.J. (2018). Potent in vivo lung cancer Wnt signaling inhibition via cyclodextrin-LGK974 inclusion complexes. JOURNAL of CONTROLLED RELEASE, 290, pp. 75-87. doi: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2018.09.025

  • Wang, K., Eguiluz, R., Wu, F., Seo, B.R., Benson, V., Brown, C.N., Fischbach, C., & Gourdon, D. (2014). Altered unfolding and stiffening of fibronectin for tumor progression. Proceedings of the IEEE Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, NEBEC, 2014-December. doi: 10.1109/NEBEC.2014.6972970