Recent News

March 23, 2023

New study finds the body’s defensive reaction to a heart attack could help

Press Release for a manuscript Jasmine Li contributed to, published in Cell Stem Cell.

March 23, 2023

Gene therapy for heart attacks in mice just got more precise

Press release for work Sophia DeLuca contributed to, now published in Cell Stem Cell.

February 4, 2022

Tweaked Genes Borrowed From Bacteria Excite Heart Cells in Live Mice

Press release for Hung Nguyen and Tianyu Wu's paper published in Nature Communications.

January 24, 2021

Exercising Muscle Combats Chronic Inflammation On Its Own

Press release for Zhaowei Chen's recent paper in Science Advances.

April 25, 2019

Lab-grown patch of heart muscle and other cells could fix ailing hearts

Science featured an article about the lab's work on cardiac tissue patches. 

June 29, 2018

Inner Workings: The race to patch the human heart

Dr. Nenad Bursac's cardiac regeneration reserach featured in PNAS Inner Workings series.  

April 10, 2018

“Engineering human pluripotent stem cells into a functional skeletal muscle tissue” featured in recent Nature Communications' Editors’ Highlights

Lingjun Rao's publication was featured in Nature Communications' Editors's Highlights webpages of recent reserach on Therapeutics and... read more

January 9, 2018

Engineers Grow Functioning Human Muscle from Skin Cells

Press release for Lingjun Rao's publication in Nature Communications.

December 14, 2017

Stimulating Heart Muscle to Regrow After Injury

A movie  showing heart regeneration research at Duke featuring Dr. Bursac.

November 30, 2017

Beating Heart Patch is Large Enough to Repair the Human Heart

Press release for Ilia Shadrin's publication in Nature Communications.

September 25, 2017


Press release for Chris' and Dr. Bursac's contribution to publication in Developmental Cell

June 6, 2017

Young at heart: Restoring cardiac function with a matrix molecule

Press release for Ilia's and Dr. Bursac's contribution to publication in Nature

March 20, 2015

Dr. Bursac on NBC video

NBC News posted a video on our lab's work with human skeletal muscle engineering. Enjoy!

Grow Your Own Custom Muscles

May 27, 2014

Bursac Lab featured on TV

UNC-TV, a local PBS affiliate, broadcasted a segment on Mark's research.

Self Healing Muscles | North Carolina Science Now | UNC-TV

May 27, 2014

Yanzhen Li awarded AHA Predoctoral Fellowship

Congrats, Yanzhen!