Rhima Coleman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering


2170 Lurie Biomedical Engineering
1101 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2110


(734) 764-7740

Primary Website

CHaR Lab

Research Interests

Articular cartilage lines the surface of long bones in joints and facilitates joint motion with a nearly frictionless surface that allows the bones to slide against one another. Traumatic cartilage injuries have a limited capacity to heal without medical intervention and can result in debilitating diseases, such as osteoarthritis, which are marked loss of mobility of the affected joint. Tissue engineering is a viable treatment option to repair these injuries. Development of a functional replacement for cartilage ultimately involves manipulating cell behavior so that the correct extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins are assembled and maintained at physiologic ratios and distributions to produce a biological tissue that closely matches native cartilage in its load-bearing capacity. My research is focused on investigating two key areas of manipulating cell behavior for cartilage tissue regeneration:

  1. Genetic reprogramming of cells.
  2. Cell-matrix interactions.

Research Areas:

Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Additional Title(s)

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering