Nikki Farnsworth’s Research

Assistant Professor Nikki Farnsworth’s research focuses on developing biomaterial scaffolds to investigate and mimic cellular interactions with their environment and to harness this information to develop therapies for life threatening diseases.

Nikki Farnsworth joined the department in August 2019. Previously, she worked as a post-doc at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Farnsworth also won the 2020 American Diabetes Association Junior Faculty Award.

More information about Dr. Farnsworth can be found on her faculty page.


To learn more about Dr. Farnsworth’s research group, visit

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