George A. Truskey

R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering

My research interests focus upon the effect of physical forces on the function of vascular cells and skeletal muscle, cell adhesion, and the design of engineered tissues.  Current research projects examine the  effect of endothelial cell senescence upon permeability to macromolecules and the response to fluid shear stress, the development of microphysiological blood vessels and muscles for evaluation of drug toxicity and the design of engineered endothelialized blood vessels and skeletal muscle bundles.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Associate Vice President for Research in the Office of Research
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
  • Affiliate of the Duke Regeneration Center

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 1395 Fciemas, 101 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708-0281
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5147
  • Email Address:
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  • B.S.E. University of Pennsylvania, 1979
  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985

Research Interests

Cardiovascular tissue engineering, mechanisms of atherogenesis, cell adhesion, and cell biomechanics.

Courses Taught

  • BME 394: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 566: Transport Phenomena in Cells and Organs (GE, MC)
  • BME 590: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
  • BME 792: Continuation of Graduate Independent Study

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Zhang, Qiao, Ren-Zhi Zhan, Marisa Patsy, Binjie Li, Yifan Chen, Barbara D. Lipes, Nenad Bursac, and George A. Truskey. “Differential Response of Engineered Human Cardiac Tissues to Delta and Omicron COVID-19 Virus.” J Am Heart Assoc 12, no. 12 (June 20, 2023): e029390.
  • Covert, Lauren T., Hailee Patel, Alaa Osman, Lavonia Duncan, Jeffrey Dvergsten, and George A. Truskey. “Effect of type I interferon on engineered pediatric skeletal muscle: A promising model for juvenile dermatomyositis.” Rheumatology (Oxford, England), April 2023, kead186.
  • Abutaleb, Nadia O., Leigh Atchison, Leandro Choi, Akhil Bedapudi, Kevin Shores, Yantenew Gete, Kan Cao, and George A. Truskey. “Lonafarnib and everolimus reduce pathology in iPSC-derived tissue engineered blood vessel model of Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome.” Scientific Reports 13, no. 1 (March 2023): 5032.
  • Torres, Maria J., Xu Zhang, Dorothy H. Slentz, Timothy R. Koves, Hailee Patel, George A. Truskey, and Deborah M. Muoio. “Chemotherapeutic drug screening in 3D-Bioengineered human myobundles provides insight into taxane-induced myotoxicities.” Iscience 25, no. 10 (October 21, 2022): 105189.
  • Bishawi, Muath, Franklin H. Lee, Dennis M. Abraham, Carolyn Glass, Stephanie J. Blocker, Daniel J. Cox, Zachary D. Brown, et al. “Late onset cardiovascular dysfunction in adult mice resulting from galactic cosmic ray exposure.” Iscience 25, no. 4 (April 15, 2022): 104086.