John Slater, Institute for Public Administration.

Assistant Professor

John Slater, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

5 Innovation Way
Suite 200, Office 151
Newark, DE 19716
P: 302-831-6541

Lab Website


  • Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering. Doctoral Portfolio Degree in Nanotechnology. University of Texas at Austin.
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering. University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


  • Biomaterials
  • Mechanotransduction
  • Cell Engineering
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Microfluidics


It is well established that microenvironmental cues influence cell fate but the molecular mechanisms that drive this phenomenon remain elusive and the ability to precisely control a cell’s local environment remains difficult. The Slater Lab focuses on the development and implementation of new fabrication methodologies to create biomimetic patterned surfaces and 3D multicellular constructs that allow for precise control over the presentation of both biophysical and biochemical cues that can be tuned to elicit desired cellular traits. The lab is applying these highly structured biomaterials to a number of topics including the recapitulation of desired cellular phenotypes, reduction of cellular heterogeneity in culture, lineage-specific stem cell differentiation, and development of high-throughput drug screening models.


  1. K.A. Heintz, D. Mayerich, and J.H. Slater. “Image-Guided, Laser-Based Fabrication of Vascular-Derived Microfluidic Networks.” Journal of Visualized Experiments. 119, e55101 (2017). DOI:10.3791/55101
  2. K.A. Heintz, M.E. Bregenzer, J.L. Niemczyk, K.H. Lee, J.L. West, and J.H. Slater. “Fabrication of 3D Biomimetic Microfluidic Networks in Hydrogels.” Advanced Healthcare Materials. 5, 2153-2160 (2016). DOI:10.1002/adhm.201600351
    ~ Selected as a frontispiece
  3. O.A. Banda, K.A. Heintz, H.T Nie, and J.H. Slater. “Biomimetic Surfaces for Cell Engineering.” In: M. Zhang, R.R. Naik, and L. Dai, editors. Carbon Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications, Chapter 18. 543-569. Springer International Publishing (2016). ISBN:978-3-319-22861-7
  4. A. Shukla, J.H. Slater, J.C. Culver, M.E. Dickinson, and J.L. West. “Biomimetic Surface Patterning Promotes Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation.” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.8, 21883-21892 (2016). DOI:10.1021/acsami.5b08978
  5. J.H. Slater, P.J. Boyce, M.P. Jancaitis, H.E. Gaubert, A.L. Chang, M.K. Markey, and W. Frey. “Modulation of Endothelial Cell Migration via Manipulation of Adhesion Site Growth Using Nanopatterned Surfaces.” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 7, 4390-4400 (2015). DOI:10.1021/am508906f
  6. J.H. Slater, J.C. Culver, B.L. Long, C.W. Hu, J.Hu, T.F. Birk, A.A. Qutub, M.E. Dickinson, and J.L. West. “Recapitulation and Modulation of the Cellular Architecture of a User-Chosen Cell of Interest Using Cell-Derived, Biomimetic Patterning.” ACS Nano. 9, 6128–6138 (2015). DOI:10.1021/acsnano.5b01366
  7. C.W. Hu, S.M. Kornblau, J.H. Slater, and A.A. Qutub. “Progeny Clustering: a Method to Identify Biological Phenotypes.” Scientific Reports. 5, 12894 (2015). DOI:10.1038/srep12894
  8. J.H. Slater and J.L West. “Fabrication of Multifaceted, Micropatterned Surfaces and Image-Guided Patterning Using Laser Scanning Lithography.” In: M. Piel and M. Théry, editors. Micropatterning in Cell Biology Part A, Vol 119. 193-217. Methods in Cell Biology, Elsevier Academic Press (2014). ISBN:9780124167421
    ~ Selected for book cover
  9. J.C. Culver, J.C. Hoffmann, R.A. Poché, J.H. Slater, J.L. West, and M.E. Dickinson. “Three-Dimensional Biomimetic Patterning in Hydrogels to Guide Cellular Organization.” Advanced Materials. 24, 2344-2348 (2012). DOI:10.1002/adma.201200395
    ~ Selected as a frontispiece
  10. J.H. Slater, J.S. Miller, S.S. Yu, and J.L. West. “Fabrication of Multifaceted Micropatterned Surfaces with Laser Scanning Lithography.” Advanced Functional Materials. 21, 2876-2888 (2011). DOI:10.1002/adfm.201100297
    ~ Selected for journal cover