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

  • 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.
  • Aydin, Onur, Austin P. Passaro, Ritu Raman, Samantha E. Spellicy, Robert P. Weinberg, Roger D. Kamm, Matthew Sample, et al. “Principles for the design of multicellular engineered living systems.” Apl Bioengineering 6, no. 1 (March 2022): 010903.
  • Oliver, Catherine E., Hailee Patel, James Hong, Jonathan Carter, William E. Kraus, Kim M. Huffman, and George A. Truskey. “Tissue engineered skeletal muscle model of rheumatoid arthritis using human primary skeletal muscle cells.” J Tissue Eng Regen Med 16, no. 2 (February 2022): 128–39.
  • Bishawi, M., M. Kaplan, S. Chidyagwai, J. Cappiello, A. Cherry, D. MacLeod, K. Gall, et al. “Patient- and Ventilator-Specific Modeling to Drive the Use and Development of 3D Printed Devices for Rapid Ventilator Splitting During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Including Subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 13352 LNCS:137–49, 2022.