- Cornell University
- Harvard University
William J Polacheck - PI
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Member, Cell Biology and Physiology Curriculum, UNC Medicine
Member, Comparative Medicine Institute, NCSU
Bill was born in the Harrisburg area of Pennsylvania and attended Cornell University to study Biological and Environmental Engineering. He worked in various labs in the Mechanical Engineering Department and spent his summers in a Tumor Immunology Lab at Penn State Medical School before joining Brian Kirby's Micro-/Nanofluidics Lab to develop biomaterials for orthopedic tissue engineering. He then moved to Cambridge, MA to study Mechanical Engineering at M.I.T. as an NSF graduate research fellow. He earned his Ph.D. in the Mechanobiology Laboratory under the guidance of Roger D. Kamm, developing microfluidic platforms for the tumor microenvironment. He then moved across the river to Boston to work as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at The Wyss Institute at Harvard University and at The Biological Design Center at Boston University. He worked under the guidance of Chistopher S. Chen in the Tissue Microfabrication Laboratory where he developed biomimetic models for the blood vasculature to study endothelial cell mechanotransduction.
In 2018, Bill moved to Chapel Hill begin his appointment in the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering.