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Samira Musah

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests


Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells), disease mechanisms, regenerative medicine, molecular and cellular basis of human kidney development and disease, organ engineering, patient-specific disease models, biomarkers, therapeutic discovery, tissue and organ transplantation, microphysiological systems including organs-on-chips and organoids, matrix biology, mechanotransduction, mechanobiology, and disease biophysics.

Selected Grants


Harnessing stem cells and synthetic gene circuits to repair glomerular injury

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases · 2023 - 2027

University Training Program in Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 1994 - 2027

Training Program in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2001 - 2027

Inductive repair of human kidney tissues by cell type-specific sensing and reprogramming

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by University of Michigan · 2021 - 2024

Engineered in vitro model for blood filtration and human kidney disease modeling

FellowshipPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by International Foundation for Ethical Research · 2020 - 2023

Harnessing stem cells and synthetic gene circuits to repair glomerular injury

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases · 2023 - 2027

University Training Program in Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 1994 - 2027

Training Program in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2001 - 2027

Inductive repair of human kidney tissues by cell type-specific sensing and reprogramming

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by University of Michigan · 2021 - 2024

Engineered in vitro model for blood filtration and human kidney disease modeling

FellowshipPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by International Foundation for Ethical Research · 2020 - 2023

Medical Scientist Training Program

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 1997 - 2022

Tissue-Specific Biomarkers for the Diagnosis of Human Kidney Disease

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Regents of the University of Michigan · 2021 - 2022

External Relationships


  • Emulate Bio
  • Stem Cell Technologies

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