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Chelsea Magin, PhD

Assistant Professor, Adjunct - Bioengineering

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Curriculum Vitae (pdf)




Course Descriptions

BIOE4420/5420: Clinical, Translational Pulmonary Engineering

Introduction to pulmonary science and engineering with an emphasis on clinical needs, including guest lectures from clinicians, and translational engineering-based solutions to healthcare challenges. This course provides an overview of lung anatomy and physiology, cellular biology and molecular mechanisms of disease as well as emerging engineering strategies to study and treat lung disorders.​​

ENGR 1130 Engineering General Chemistry

An introductory lecture and recitation course designed to meet the general chemistry requirement for engineering students. Topics include atoms, molecules, moles, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, atomic and molecular structures, thermodynamics and kinetics. The course will highlight the application of chemistry to engineering disciplines.

Research Group

Dr. Magin’s research group aims to create bio-inspired materials for personalized regenerative medicine. Current projects include:

  • ​Bioengineered Hydrogels to Improve Three-Dimensional (3D) Models of Lung Regeneration in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Bio-inspired 3D Cell Culture Platforms for Improved Modeling of Lung Epithelium In Vitro​
  • Bio-inspired 3D Microenvironments for Improved Patient-Specific Keratinocyte Differentiation
  • Evaluation of micropatterned surfaces for minimizing percutaneous gastrostomy tube complications


Postdoc, Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, August 2013
Advisor: Dr. Kristi Anseth

PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, December 2010
Advisor: Dr. Anthony Brennan

MS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, December 2008
Advisor: Dr. Anthony Brennan

BS, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, May 2006

Professional Activities

Director of Product Development 2015-2017, Product Development Manager 2014-2015, Biomedical R&D Engineer 2013-204, Sharklet Technologies, Inc., Aurora, CO


ABET Constituency Committee, Department of Bioengineering, CU-Denver, 2016-Present

Alumni Advisory Council, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, 2016-Present

Vice President, Board of Directors, Jovial Concepts, 2016-Present

Education Committee Member, Colorado Bioscience Institute, 2015-Present

Biomedical Engineering Society, 2014-Present

Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Biology, 2013-Present

American Chemical Society, 2012-Present

Society of Women Engineers (SWE), 2002-Present

Society for Biomaterials, 2004-Present

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, 2003-Present


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Dr. Magin is the principal investigator of the Bio-Inspired Pulmonary Engineering Laboratory in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine and Department of Bioengineering at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Her laboratory develops bio-inspired, engineered cell culture platforms, that precisely and consistently recapitulate the extracellular microenvironment and complex 3D micro-architecture of pulmonary tissues. These bioengineered models will provide a foundation for development of precision therapies.​She has extensive experience in the conception, development and translation of medical devices. As the Director of Product Development for Sharklet Technologies, Inc. Dr. Magin led a research and development team that designed medical devices that use the bio-inspired Sharklet surface texture to control biological adhesion. She earned her BS with highest distinction in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida in 2006 with internship experience at Kimberly-Clark Corporation. This was followed by an MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida with Dr. Anthony Brennan in 2008 and 2010, respectively. Her doctoral research focused on developing biomaterials to control adhesion of both marine fouling organisms and mammalian cells.  During her graduate work Dr. Magin was both a University of Florida Alumni Fellow and a Clare-Booth Luce Graduate Fellow. She completed an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Anseth Research Group where she developed user-controlled, dynamically tunable biomaterials to study mesenchymal stem cell differentiation, and the progression of heart disease in a valvular interstitial cell model.​

Research Interests


Regenerative Medicine

Pulmonary Engineering

In Vitro Disease Modeling

Precision Medicine