Donna Ebenstein

Donna Ebenstein

William C & Gertrude B Emmitt Memorial Chair in Biomedical Engineering, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering Department Chair
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About Donna Ebenstein

Educational Background

  • B.S. in Engineering & Applied Science and Biology, California Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D. in Bioengineering, Joint Graduate Group, University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate, Chemistry Department, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Teaching Interests

  • Materials science
  • Biomimetic materials
  • Tissue engineering
  • Cell culture
  • Fabrication
  • Medical device design
  • Biostatistics

Research Interests

  • Biomaterials characterization
  • Biomimetics
  • Nanoindentation methods for soft biomaterials
  • Structure-property relationships

Selected Publications

Buffinton CM, Tong KJ*, Blaho RK*, Buffinton EM*, Ebenstein DM. "Comparison of mechanical testing methods for biomaterials: Pipette aspiration, nanoindentation, and macroscale testing", Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 51: 367-79 (2015).

Ebenstein D, Calderon C, Troncoso OP, Torres FG. "Characterization of dermal plates from armored catfish Pterygoplichthys pardalis reveals sandwich-like nanocomposite structure", Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 45: 175-82 (2015).

Tong KJ*, Ebenstein DM. "Comparison of spherical and flat tips for indentation of hydrogels", JOM, 67: 714-19 (2015).

Slane J, Vivanco J,Ebenstein D, Squire M, Ploeg H-L. "Multiscale characterization of acrylic bone cement modified with functionalized mesoporous silica nanoparticles", Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 37: 141-52 (2014).

Buffinton CM, Ebenstein DM. "Effects of calcification modulus and geometry on stress in models of calcified atherosclerotic plaque", Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology, 5(3): 244-60 (2014).

Kohn JC*, Ebenstein DM. "Eliminating adhesion errors in nanoindentation of compliant polymers and hydrogels", Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 20: 316-26 (2013).

Ebenstein DM. "Nano-JKR force curve method overcomes challenges of surface detection and adhesion for nanoindentation of a compliant polymer", Journal of Materials Research, 26(8): 1026-1035(2011).

Ebenstein DM, Coughlin D, Chapman J*, Li C*, Pruitt LA. "Nanomechanical properties of calcification, fibrous tissue, and hematoma from atherosclerotic plaques", Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, 91A (4):1028-1037 (2009).

Ebenstein DM, Pruitt L. "Nanoindentation of biological materials", Nano Today, 1(3):26-33 (August 2006).

Ebenstein DM, Wahl KJ. "Anisotropic nanomechanical properties of Nephila clavipes dragline silk", Journal of Materials Research, 21(8):2035-2044 (2006).

Ebenstein DM, Wahl KJ. "A comparison of JKR-based methods to analyze quasi-static and dynamic indentation force curves", Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 298(2):652-662 (2006).

Ebenstein DM, Kuo A, Rodrigo JJ, Reddi AH, Ries M, Pruitt L. "A nanoindentation technique for functional evaluation of cartilage repair tissue ", Journal of Materials Research, 19(1):273-281 (2004).

Ebenstein D, Pruitt L. "Nanoindentation of soft hydrated materials for application to vascular tissues", Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, 69A:222-232 (2004).

Li C*, Ebenstein D, Xu C, Chapman J, Saloner D, Rapp J, Pruitt L. "Biochemical characterization of atherosclerotic plaque constituents using FTIR spectroscopy and histology", Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, 64A(2):197-206 (2003).

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