Dr. Elizabeth Lipke

Auburn University | Samuel Ginn College of Engineering | Department of Chemical Engineering

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Dr. Elizabeth Lipke

Mary and John H. Sanders Associate Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering

Lipke Lab Social Media

Posted in Outreach on April 6, 2018 at 8:55 am


Lipke lab members volunteered at Outreach

Posted in Outreach on October 4, 2018 at 1:28 pm


We are so proud of Ferdous for planning and executing the Auburn Engineering GRAND Showcase which served to teach 4th – 8th grade students about the Grand Challenges for Engineering!

Morgan and Yuan volunteered and demonstrated to 4th – 8th grade students how we can employ hydrogels to engineer better medicines! 

Thank Nicole for volunteering to photograph during this event. 

Leadership award for Ferdous

Posted in Awards on October 4, 2018 at 1:17 pm

Congratulations to Lipke Lab member Ferdous for being awarded the 100+ Women Strong Graduate Leadership award! Check out our Instagram.

Congratulations to Morgan and Yuan for winning at poster competition

Posted in Awards, Outreach on October 4, 2018 at 11:07 am

Congratulations to Lipke Lab members Morgan and Yuan for their wins at the Alabama NSF EPSCoR Science and Technology Open House poster competition!  Check out our Instagram.

When Engineering meets Art

Posted in Awards, Outreach on October 4, 2018 at 11:03 am

Congratulations to Lipke Lab member Iman for winning the Auburn SHOWCASE Creative Scholarship Exhibition with his submission “Elucidation of the Adipocytic Microenvironment”. For more information.

Congratulations to Iman and Ferdous for winning at This is Research Symposium

Posted in Awards on October 4, 2018 at 10:51 am

Congratulations to Iman and Ferdous for winning at 2018 This is Research Symposium! Iman won the 1st Place in Poster Presentations under Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The title for his presentation is “Personalized in vitro 3D colorectal cancer model using patient-derived xenografts”. Ferdous won the College and School Awards for College of Engineering for her poster titled “A novel microfluidic device for encapsulation of human induced pluripotent stem cells for production of cardiac spheroids”. Congratulations! For more information.

Congratulations to Yuan for winning the Alabama EPSCoR GRSP Fellowship

Posted in Awards on May 21, 2018 at 10:06 am

Lipke Lab graduate researcher Yuan Tian was named recipient of the 2018 Alabama EPSCoR Graduate Research Scholars Program Fellowship! Congratulations! Click for more information.


SFB 2018 Annual meeting

Posted in Presentations on April 23, 2018 at 3:31 pm

We are very honored to have had the opportunity to share our research at SFB2018! Lipke Lab members were accepted to give 7 oral presentations and 3 poster presentations throughout the meeting! 

Check out our Instagram for more information.

SynVivo 3D Breast Cancer Model used to assess anti-cancer drug efficacy

Posted in latest projects, Research on April 18, 2018 at 10:27 am

A recent publication in Scientific Reports from the Lipke and Arnold Labs at Auburn University titled A Microvascularized Tumor-mimetic Platform for Assessing Anti-cancer Drug Efficacy” reports on using the SynVivo microfluidic platform to develop and validate a three dimensional in vitro breast cancer model with a tumor-mimetic microvascular network. The model recapitulates the in vivo heterogeneity in tumor perfusion and resulting differences in cellular morphology, growth and drug responses.

This significant body of work resulted from the collaboration of Dr. Lipke’s tissue engineering background with Dr. Arnold’s cancer biology and drug delivery expertise.

According to Dr. Lipke “ Replicating the pathophysiological architecture and non-uniform drug distribution of native vascularized breast tumors is critical for a realistic tumor model. SynVivo’s microvascular networks provided just the right environment to monitor the therapeutic circulation in the vasculature, transport across the vessel walls, and delivery to 3D tumors, which renders it ideally suited as a platform for performing cellular assays and drug screening”.

Dr. Arnold agrees and adds, ”The ability of these engineered cancer tissues for long-term culture, heterogeneous morphology and anti-cancer drug response provides a unique perspective to understand how nanomedicines may interact with various tumors. This will enable development of therapeutics with improved efficacy and minimal toxicity while improving patient outcomes, thereby providing an in vitro model analogous to the heterogeneity observed in vivo”.

This vascularized tumor model provides a necessary platform for investigation of cancer-stromal-endothelial interactions, tumor metastases, drug delivery and efficacy for both pre-clinical research and translational outcomes. 

Download the full publication below

A Microvascularized Tumor-mimetic Platform for Assessing Anti-cancer Drug Efficacy

Pradhan et al (2018) 8:3171 | DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-21075-9

Grant awarded from NSF

Posted in Awards, latest projects on March 30, 2018 at 11:04 am

Elizabeth Lipke, the Mary and John H. Sanders Associate Professor of chemical engineering, and Selen Cremaschi, the B. Redd Associate Professor of chemical engineering, were awarded a $621,934 grant from the National Science Foundation for their research on cardiac tissue manufacturing.
For more information: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1743445&HistoricalAwards=false

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