Professor Andarawis-Puri

March 28, 2023: Professor Andarawis-Puri was inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s College of Fellows! Congratulations Professor Andarawis-Puri!

October 18, 2022: Professor Andarawis-Puri received a Cornell Engineering EPICC Award for Excellence! EPICC represents the college’s core values of excellence, purpose, innovation, community, and collaboration. Professor Andarawis-Puri was recognized for founding the Future Leaders in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (FLAME) Summer Program. Congratulations Professor Andarawis-Puri!

May 18, 2020: Professor Andarawis-Puri has accepted the position of Associate Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering for Graduate Programs. She will take the reigns of the graduate program at a challenging time, as she will welcome this fall the first cohort of Ph.D. and MS students since the COVID crisis. Congratulations Professor Andarawis-Puri!

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!

December 18, 2017: Professor Andarawis-Puri 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 Professor Andarawis-Puri!

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

October 12, 2017: Professor Andarawis-Puri was interviewed by Cornell Engineering about her research and what drew her to  Cornell Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering!

2016: Professor Andarawis-Puri was featured in a new faculty spotlight by Cornell Engineering!

Lab Members

October 19 2021: Lainie and Professor Andarawis-Puri are featured in the 2021 Cornell BME newsletter piece entitled “New grant creates Center for Advanced Materials and Engineering in Orthopaedics (CAMEO).” The article highlights the newly established NIH T32 Training Grant for the Combined Engineering and Orthopaedics Training Program between Cornell University and the Hospital for Special Surgery. Lainie is one of the first two graduate student fellows for the program. Congratulations Lainie and Professor Andarawis-Puri!

May 25, 2021: Jason received the Cornell Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) Ephrahim Garcia Graduate Excellence in Mentoring Award. Congratulations Jason!

May 14, 2021: Jason and Moni were spotlighted in the ORS Tendon Times Newsletter as part of their 2021 Podium and Poster Awards!

May 14, 2021: Maggie was awarded the Exemplary Service Award – Early Career from Cornell’s Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement (OISE) and the Graduate and Professional Student Diversity Council (GPS DC). Congratulations Maggie!

May 10, 2021: Garrett received The 2020-2021 Ruthanna Wood Davis Award for Academic Achievement in Nutritional Sciences, an honor presented annually to a junior in the College of Human Ecology with the highest cumulative grade point average in the Division of Nutritional Sciences. Congratulations Garrett!

March 27, 2021: Jason was featured in a guest article by Cornell Engineering Learning Initiatives (ELI) and the Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI) titled “Becoming Teachers: Engineering graduate students reflect on their diverse professional journeys at Cornell.” In the article, Jason reflects on his professional journey at Cornell and his experience as a CTI Graduate Fellow. Congratulations Jason!

December 23, 2020: Maggie was featured in a graduate student spotlight by Cornell Engineering!

July 20, 2020: Jason was featured in an article from the Cornell Graduate School entitled “Making it Work’: Flexibility During COVID-19” and was given a student spotlight!

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!

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

April 3, 2018: Moni is awarded the 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP)! Patrick received an Honorable Mention! Congratulations NAP Lab!