Laure Kayser

Elise Corbin

Assistant Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Delaware Technology Park
5 Innovation Way – 154
Newark, DE 19716

Phone: (302) 831-2275


Dr. Elise Corbin designs and fabricates versatile biomaterials and engineered 3D tissue models to explore the complex interaction of cells and tissues with their environment for applications in cardiovascular science and cancer. In particular, Dr. Corbin investigates the interactions between physical forces, rheological properties, and biochemical cues regulate virtually all aspects of cell physiology. Specifically, her work involves engineering dynamic microenvironments for control of mechanical stiffness and applied forces across the cardiac cycle.


  • PhD Mechanical Engineering, 2013, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MS Mechanical Engineering, 2009, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • BS Engineering Science, 2007, The Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

Cancer Diagnosis & Therapy

Tissue & Regenerative Engineering

Representative Publications

For a complete publication list, check Dr. Corbin’s Google Scholar.

  1. Corbin, E. A., Vite, A., Peyster, E. G., Bhoopalam, M., Brandimarto, J., Wang, X., … & Musunuru, K. (2019). Tunable and reversible substrate stiffness reveals a dynamic mechanosensitivity of cardiomyocytes. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces11(23), 20603-20614.
  2. Y-C Yeh, EA Corbin, SR Caliari, L Ouyang, SL Vega, R Truitt, L Han, KB Margulies, and JA Burdick. “Mechanically dynamic PDMS substrates to investigate changing cell environments.” Biomaterials. 2017;145:23-32.
  3. EA Corbin, OO Adeniba, and R Bashir. “Dynamic mechanical measurement of the viscoelasticity of single adherent cells.” Applied Physics Letters. 2016; 108:093701.
  4. EA Corbin, F Kong, CT Lim, WP King, and R Bashir. “Biophysical properties of human breast cancer cells measured using silicon MEMS resonators and atomic force microscopy.” Lab on a Chip. 2015;15:839-847.
  5. EA Corbin, BR Dorvel, LJ Millet, WP King, and R Bashir. “Micro-patterning of Mammalian Cells on Suspended MEMS Resonant Sensors for Long-Term Growth Measurements.” Lab on a Chip. 2014;14:1401-1404.
  6. EA Corbin, LJ Millet, JH Pikul, CL Johnson, JG Georgiadis, WP King, and R Bashir. “Micromechanical properties of hydrogels measured with MEMS resonant sensors.” Biomedical Microdevices, 2013;15:311-319