Marcella Vaicik

  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Veterans Affairs, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, 2018
Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2015
M.S. Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2009
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, 2004


Presidential Poster Competition Award Winner at Endocrine Society Meeting (2018)
Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering Travel Award, Society of Women Engineers (2017)
Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering Travel Award, Society of Women Engineers (2016)
Scholar Award Midwest Region American Federation for Medical Research (2015)
Society of Women Engineers Technical Poster Competition Finalist (2013)
National Science Foundation East Asia Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship (2011)
Illinois Institute of Technology Research Scholar (2009-2010)
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (2009)


For a full list of publications, see Dr. Vaicik's bibliography


  1. Vaicik MK, Blagajcevic A, Ye H, Morse MC, Yang F, Goddi A, Brey EM, Cohen RN. (2018). The Absence of Laminin Alpha 4 in Male Mice Results in Enhanced Energy Expenditure and Increased Beige Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue. Endocrinology. Jan; 159 (1):356-367.
  2. Somo SI, Langert K, Yang, C, Vaicik MK, Ibarra V, Appel AA, Akar B, Cheng M, Brey EM. (2018). Synthesis and Evaluation of Dual Crosslinked Alginate Microbeads. Acta Biomaterialia. Jan; 65:53-65.
  3. Vaicik MK, Morse M, Blagajcevic A, Rios J, Larson J, Yang F, Cohen RN, Papavasilious G, Brey EM. (2015). Hydrogel-Based Engineering of Beige Adipose Tissue. Journal of Materials Chemistry B. DOI: 10.1039/C5TB00952A
  4. Vaicik MK*, Thyboll Kortesmaa J*, Movérare-Skrtic S, Kortesmaa J, Soininen R, Bergstrom G, Ohlsson C, Chong YL, Rozell B, Emont M, Cohen RN, Brey EM, Tryggvason K. (2014). Laminin α4 Deficient Mice Exhibit Decreased Capacity for Adipose Tissue Expansion and Weight Gain. PLoS ONE 9 (10): e109854. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0109854 *Co-first Authors
  5. Pilipchuk SP, Vaicik MK, Larson JC, Gazyakan E, Cheng M-H, Brey EM. (2013). Influence of Crosslinking on the Stiffness and Degradation of Dermis-Derived Hydrogels. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A. Oct; 101 (10):2883-2895.


Biomaterials, tissue engineering, cell-matrix interactions, 3D culture model systems, regenerative medicine