We are supported by a number of grants from the NIH:

R01 - From the National Eye Institue: to develop an artificial cornea. February 2005 - January 2009.

R21 - from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). April 2006 - March 2008.

R21 - from the National Institue of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). March 2007 - February 2009.


The EMERL lab works in collaboration with many other labs throughout the United States. Many of these are listed below. Their expertise and advice is greatly appreciated.


Zieske Lab at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, MA

We work very closely with Dr. James Zieske, Dr. Xiaquing Guo, and Audrey Hutcheon from the Zieske laboratory at Schepens. They are our main collaborators on RO1EY01550001A1S1 from the NEI/NIH, and also on R21AR053551 from the Department of Defense.


Boston University Medical School, Boston, MA

Another key collaborator and advisor is Dr. Vickery Trinkaus Randall, of Boston University Medical School, and the Department of Opthamology at Boston University. Her lab works closely with us on the RO1, and she provides us with expertise in the field of biochemistry.


Other individual collaborators and consultants include:

  • Dr. David Birk of Thomas Jefferson College, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Dr. Stephen Krane, our MMP expert from Mass Eye and Ear, Harvard University, Boston, MA.
  • Dr. Shashi Murthy from the Chemical Engineering Department here at Northeastern. Dr. Murthy consults on the R21 grant. His expertise is in microfluidics and surface functionalization.
  • Dr. Gilda Barabino from the Chemical Engineering Department here at Northeastern has collaborated with the EMERL on the five piston compression chamber.
  • Greg Kowalski from Northeastern who gives us great advice on heat transfer.
  • Nadim Hallab from Rush University Medical Center.
  • Pirouz Kavehpour from UCLA.