March 31, 2020: Maggie and Ai are awarded the 2020 NSF GRFP! Congratulations NAP Lab!

February 25, 2020: Jason was featured in Cornell BME’s student spotlight campaign at!

February 8-11, 2020: Jason, Moni, and Rebecca attend the 2020 ORS Annual Meeting in Phoenix Arizona. Jason gave his first ORS podium presentation, and Moni and Rebecca presented posters on the lab’s work. Congratulations NAP Lab!


November 22, 2019: Erin Maloney joined the lab as a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering. Welcome to the NAP Lab Erin!

November 22, 2019: Brenna received a competitive Dextra Undergraduate Research Endowment Fund from Cornell CALS! This funding will support Brenna’s project under Jason. Congratulations Brenna!

November 14, 2019: Nelly gave an invited seminar talk titled “Halting the Progression of Accumulation of Tendon Damage and Promoting Effective Healing of Ruptured Tendons” at Tulane University.

November 14, 2019: Borys’ paper “Murine patellar tendon transplantation requires transosseous cerclage augmentation — development of a transplantation model for investigation of systemic and local drivers to healing” is accepted for publication in the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research. Congratulations Borys!

November 6, 2019: JJ, Jason, Moni, and Daniella have their abstracts accepted for presentation at the upcoming 2020 ORS Annual Meeting in Phoenix! Jason will be presenting his first podium talk. JJ, Moni, and Daniella will be presenting posters. Congratulations Team!

October 24, 2019: Marguerite (Maggie) Pacheco joined the lab as a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering. Welcome to the NAP Lab Maggie!

October 3, 2019: Moni passed her A Exam and has advanced to PhD candidacy. Congratulations Moni!

September 16, 2019: Ai Mochida received a travel scholarship from the Assistant Dean’s office at the College of Engineering to attend the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Congratulations Ai!

September 11, 2019: Brenna Vaughn received a travel scholarship to attend the Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition at Purdue University later this month. Congratulations Brenna!

August 6, 2019: Brenna Vaughn presented her research at the 2019 Cornell Office of Undergraduate Biology (OUB) Summer Symposium. Great work Brenna!

July 14-20, 2019: The NAP Lab led a week of hands-on research activities for 43 junior and senior high school girls who participated in the Cornell DPE CURIE Academy summer program. Our program was titled “Designing a hydrogel to improve tendon healing” and tasked the girls with determining the optimal engineering parameters for their proposed therapeutics. To accomplish this, the girls were fully immersed in the research lab and completed 5 different projects: (1) harvesting chicken tendon and fabricating gel-based scaffolds; (2) assessing the ways in which these scaffolds could be manipulated to modify mechanical properties; (3) assessing the effect of gel-based coatings on tendon cell behavior; (4) encapsulating protein in gel-based scaffolds for optimal release properties; and (5) assessing the effect of different gel properties on structure and matrix formation using histology. Great work NAP Lab!

July 13, 2019: Jason has his abstract accepted for presentation at the 2019 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Congratulations Jason!

June 28, 2019: Jason passed his A Exam and has advanced to PhD candidacy. Congratulations Jason!

June 11, 2019: Jason is awarded a Cornell Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI) Graduate Teaching Fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year. Congratulations Jason!

May 14, 2019: Daniel Massillon received a Cornell Summer Experience Grant (SEG) to fund his summer research in the NAP Lab. Congratulations Daniel!

May 12, 2019: Cassidy Higgins received a Cornell Engineering Learning Initiatives (ELI) Undergraduate Research Grant to fund her summer research in the NAP Lab. Congratulations Cassidy!

May 2, 2019: Ai Mochida and Ashley Pekmezian presented their research at the 2019 Spring Cornell Undergraduate Research Board (CURB) Symposium. Ai is selected as a semi-finalist for the best poster in the Applied Sciences division. Great work Ai and Ashley!

April 29, 2019: Nelly delivered the keynote address to over 500 middle school girls at the 2019 Cornell Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference.

February 2-5: The NAP Lab had an exciting and productive week at the 2019 ORS Annual Meeting in Austin! Nelly delivered a spotlight talk, Patrick presented his first ORS podium talk, and Rebecca and Moni presented posters on their work. Congratulations NAP Lab!


December 21, 2018: Patrick passed his A Exam and has advanced to PhD candidacy. Congratulations Patrick!

December 18, 2018: Steve Ros’ and Patrick’s paper “Multiscale mechanisms of tendon fatigue damage progression and severity are strain and cycle dependent” is accepted for publication in The Journal of Biomechanics. Congratulations Steve and Patrick!

December 18, 2018: Nelly was invited as the keynote speaker for the upcoming 2019 Cornell Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference. Congratulations Nelly!

November 30, 2018: Daniella Fodera joined the lab as a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering. Welcome to the NAP Lab Daniella!

November 8, 2018: Nelly was selected as a Spotlight Speaker for the upcoming 2019 ORS Annual Meeting in Austin! Patrick, Moni, and Borys have their abstracts accepted for presentation! Patrick will be presenting his first ORS podium.

November 1, 2018: Nelly has been promoted to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure. Congratulations Nelly! We are so proud of you.

September 3, 2018: Nelly’s Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award paper “Promoting effective tendon healing and remodeling” is accepted for publication in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research. Congratulations Nelly!

August 15, 2018: Nelly and Moni served on the graduate student/faculty panel Developing & Managing Strong Mentoring Relationships at the 2018 Cornell Summer Success Symposium (S3) and shared advice on how to build strong, positive mentoring relationships.

July 19, 2018: The NAP Lab conducted the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering field session for the Cornell Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) CURIE Academy summer program. Nelly first presented an exciting overview on mechanical and aerospace engineering. The NAP Lab then facilitated a hands-on activity to create a prosthetic hand to demonstrate the biomechanics of different tissue interfaces.

July 13, 2018: Our lab hosted a group of high school students for Upward Bound. We were happy to talk with these students about biomedical and mechanical engineering, advice on preparing for college and orthopaedics research before getting them involved in some exciting hands-on activities and a lab demonstration using the mechanical testing facilities!

June 18, 2018: Rebecca’s and Meagan’s paper “Inhibition of apoptosis exacerbates fatigue damage tendon injuries in an in vivo rat model’- Bell and Robles-Harris et al. European Cells and Materials” is accepted for publication in eCells & Materials (eCM). Congratulations Rebecca and Meagan!

June 13, 2018: Jason is invited as a rapporteur for the panel Outreach and Communication: A Path Towards (Re)Building Trust? at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)/Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) alumni conference in Atlanta this October. Congratulations Jason!

June 5, 2018: Jason is awarded the 2018 NSF GRFP! Congratulations Jason!

June 1, 2018: Rebecca’s paper “A potential new role for myofibroblasts in remodeling of sub-rupture fatigue tendon injuries by exercise” is accepted for publication in Scientific Reports! Juan’s and David’s paper “Uncorrelated healing response of tendon and ear injuries in MRL highlight a role for the local tendon environment in driving scarless healing” is accepted for publication in Connective Tissue Research. Congratulations Rebecca, Juan, and David! Two papers accepted in one week!

May 6, 2018: Juan is recognized with the Zellman Warhaft Commitment to Diversity Graduate Student Award at the DPE Annual Awards Banquet. Congratulations Juan!

April 3, 2018: Moni is awarded the 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP)! Jason and Patrick both received Honorable Mentions for the 2018 NSF GRFP! Congratulations NAP Lab!

March 15, 2018: Moni was selected as Diversity Programs in Engineering’s (DPE’s) Person of the Month. Congratulations Moni!

Feb 28, 2018: Jason is selected as a Graduate Resident Fellow (GRF) for William Keeton House! He will serve as a mentor and role model to undergraduate residents and serve in a leadership role for academic enrichment by promoting a variety of programs and activities. Congratulations Jason!

Feb 27, 2018: Moni is accepted to the Ewha-Luce International Seminar (ELIS): Expanding Horizons 2018 in Seoul, South Korea! She will spend 3 weeks this summer at Ewha Womans University participating in seminars and workshops focusing on global women’s empowerment to support the inclusion of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. Congratulations Moni!


December 19, 2017: Juan passed his A Exam and has advanced to PhD candidacy. Congratulations Juan!

December 18, 2017: Nelly received the 2018 Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recognizing scientists whose research in musculoskeletal disease or injury have led to advancement in patient treatment and care for her research titled “Promoting effective tendon healing and remodeling.” Congratulations Nelly!

November 17, 2017: Ashley Fung’s paper “Novel image analysis methods for quantification of in situ 3-D tendon cell and matrix strain” is accepted for publication in The Journal of Biomechanics! Congratulations Ashley on your first paper!

November 11, 2017: Juan, Rebecca and Moni have their abstracts accepted for presentation at the upcoming 2018 Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Annual Meeting in New Orleans! Congratulations everyone!

October 26, 2017: Our lab’s research is featured in an article titled “Tendons: Injuries and Healing” on the Cornell Research homepage!