Erin B. Lavik


Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development COEIT

Contact Information

Lavik Web Site


Sc.D. – Massachusetts institute of Technology, 2001
M.S. – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995

Research Interests

We are working to develop translatable approaches to treat injuries to and diseases of the central nervous system including spinal cord injury, glaucoma, and retinal degeneration. Our tools involve polymer science, drug delivery, and cellular therapy approaches.

Selected Publications – Google Scholar


Maisha, N., Rubenstein, M., Bieberich, C.J., Lavik, E. , Getting to the Core of It All: Nanocapsules to Mitigate Infusion Reactions Can Promote Hemostasis and Be a Platform for Intravenous Therapies. Nano Letters. 2021.

Pandala, N., LaScola, M.A., Tang, Y., Bieberich, M., Korley, L. TJ., Lavik, E. Screen Printing Tissue Models Using Chemically Cross-Linked Hydrogel Systems: A Simple Approach To Efficiently Make Highly Tunable Matrices. ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering. 2021.

Maisha, N., Naik, N., Okesola, M., Coombs, T., Zilberberg, R., Pandala, N., Lavik, E. Engineering PEGylated Polyester Nanoparticles to Reduce Complement-Mediated Infusion Reaction.  Bioconjugate Chemistry 32 (10), 2154-2166. 2021.

Posey, J., Lavik, E. Storytelling for Social Justice and Engagement: A Materials Science Class. Journal of Chemical Education. 2021.


Pandala, N., Haywood, S., LaScola, M. A., Day, A., Leckron, J. and Lavik, E., Screen Printing to Create 3D Tissue Models. ACS Applied Bio Materials. 2020.

Menikheim, S., Leckron, J., Bernstein, S. and Lavik, E. B., On-Demand and Long-Term Drug Delivery from Degradable Nanocapsules. ACS Applied Bio Materials. 2020.

Lavik, E., Thermo in the Time of COVID-19: Using Improvisation to Foster Discussion and Translating the Experience to Online Learning. Biomedical Engineering Education. 2020.

Maisha, N., Coombs, T. and Lavik, E., Development of a Sensitive Assay to Screen Nanoparticles in vitro for Complement Activation. ACS Biomater Sci Eng. 2020.

Menikheim, S. and Lavik, E. Self-Healing Biomaterials: the Next Generation is Nano. WIREs: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology, 2020.


Bolger, M., Groynom, R., Bogie, K., Lavik, E. Reporter Scaffolds for Clinically Relevant Cell Transplantation Studies, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 2019.

Brown, A. C., Lavik, E. and Stabenfeldt, S. E., Biomimetic Strategies To Treat Traumatic Brain Injury by Leveraging Fibrinogen. Bioconjug Chem, 30(7): p. 1951-1956. 2019.


Onwukwe, C., Maisha, N., Holland, M., Varley, M., Groynom, R., Hickman, D., Uppal, N., Shoffstall, A., Ustin, J. and Lavik, E., Engineering Intravenously Administered Nanoparticles to Reduce Infusion Reaction and Stop Bleeding in a Large Animal Model of Trauma. Bioconjug Chem. 2018.

Fernandez-Moure, J., Maisha, N., Lavik, E. B. and Cannon, J., The chemistry of lyophilized blood products. Bioconjug Chem. 2018.


Hubbard, W. B., Greenberg, S., Norris, C., Eck, J., Lavik, E. and VandeVord, P., Distinguishing the Unique Neuropathological Profile of Blast Polytrauma. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, 2017: p. 11. 2017.

van Hest, J., Lavik, E. B., Smith, B. D., Zheng, G. and Rotello, V. M., Science in a Global Community. Bioconjug Chem, 28(2): p. 279-281. 2017.


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