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George A. Truskey


R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Professor of Biomedical Engineering

My research interests focus upon the effect of physical forces on the function of vascular cells and skeletal muscle, cell adhesion, and the design of engineered tissues.  Current research projects examine the  effect of endothelial cell senescence upon permeability to macromolecules and the response to fluid shear stress, the development of microphysiological blood vessels and muscles for evaluation of drug toxicity and the design of engineered endothelialized blood vessels and skeletal muscle bundles.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Senior Associate Dean in the Pratt School of Engineering
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
  • Affiliate of the Regeneration Next Initiative

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 1395 Fciemas, 101 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708-0281
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5147
  • Email Address:
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  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985
  • B.S.E. University of Pennsylvania, 1979

Research Interests

Cardiovascular tissue engineering, mechanisms of atherogenesis, cell adhesion, and cell biomechanics.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Fellow. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 2015
  • AAAS Fellow. American Association for the Advancement of Science. 2014
  • BMES Distinguished Service Award. Biomedical Engineering Society. 2012
  • NIH CSR College of Reviewers. NIH. 2010
  • Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising. Duke University. 2007
  • Fellow. Biomedical Engineering Society. 2006
  • Fellow. American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. 1999
  • Fellow. Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, American Heart Association. 1999
  • Excellence in Teaching Award. Tau Beta Pi, North Carolina Gamma Chapter. 1998
  • Outstanding Scientific Paper in the Journal of Parenteral Science and Technology. Parenteral Drug Association. 1987

Courses Taught

  • BME 260L: Modeling Cellular and Molecular Systems
  • BME 394: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 566: Transport Phenomena in Cells and Organs (GE, MC)
  • BME 590: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
  • BME 899: Special Readings in Biomedical Engineering
  • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Lin, L; Xu, H; Bishawi, M; Feng, F; Samy, K; Truskey, G; Barbas, AS; Kirk, AD; Brennan, TV, Circulating mitochondria in organ donors promote allograft rejection., Am J Transplant, vol 19 no. 7 (2019), pp. 1917-1929 [10.1111/ajt.15309] [abs].
  • Davis, BNJ; Santoso, JW; Walker, MJ; Oliver, CE; Cunningham, MM; Boehm, CA; Dawes, D; Lasater, SL; Huffman, K; Kraus, WE; Truskey, GA, Modeling the Effect of TNF-α upon Drug-Induced Toxicity in Human, Tissue-Engineered Myobundles., Ann Biomed Eng, vol 47 no. 7 (2019), pp. 1596-1610 [10.1007/s10439-019-02263-8] [abs].
  • Truskey, GA, Development and application of human skeletal muscle microphysiological systems., Lab on a Chip, vol 18 no. 20 (2018), pp. 3061-3073 [10.1039/c8lc00553b] [abs].
  • Zhang, X; Hong, S; Yen, R; Kondash, M; Fernandez, CE; Truskey, GA, A system to monitor statin-induced myopathy in individual engineered skeletal muscle myobundles., Lab on a Chip, vol 18 no. 18 (2018), pp. 2787-2796 [10.1039/c8lc00654g] [abs].
  • Chen, Z; Tang, M; Huang, D; Jiang, W; Li, M; Ji, H; Park, J; Xu, B; Atchison, LJ; Truskey, GA; Leong, KW, Real-time observation of leukocyte-endothelium interactions in tissue-engineered blood vessel., Lab on a Chip, vol 18 no. 14 (2018), pp. 2047-2054 [10.1039/c8lc00202a] [abs].