Daniel Cohen

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Omenn-Darling Bioengineering Institute
Office Phone
109 Hoyt Laboratory

Ph.D., UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco, 2013


Honors and Awards

  • Life Sciences Research Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship, Life Sciences Research Foundation / Howard Hughes Medical Institute (sponsor), 2014-2017
  • NSF Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Biology (declined), 2014
  • Daniel Cubicciotti Doctoral Award , Electrochemical Society, 2013
  • National Science Foundation NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP), 2008-2013
  • National Science Foundation National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship (NDSEG), 2008-2011


  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Omenn-Darling Bioengineering Institute
  • Associated Faculty, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Materials Institute

Research Interests

Research in the Cohen lab focuses primarily on bioengineering with applications to biomaterials and tissue engineering. We take the elegant swarming and collective behaviors that allow tissues to heal injuries, grow, and form complex structures and connect them to engineering approaches that enable us to control those behaviors in new ways. One example of this is ‘outside-in’ control of tissues where we are building microfluidic and bioelectric devices to literally herd the migration of hundreds of thousands of cells in a manner analogous to sheep herding. This technology may enable us to better control tissue growth and to accelerate wound healing. On the flip side, we are building cell-mimetic materials and microstructures that can integrate directly into living tissues in order to control them from the 'inside-out’. Our work spans a variety of disciplines and we welcome people from all backgrounds to come join us!

Selected Publications
  1. Cohen DJ, Gloerich M, Nelson WJ. Epithelial self-healing is recapitulated by a 3D biomimetic E- cadherin junction. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Dec 20;113(51):14698-14703. PubMed PMID: 27930308
  2. Cohen DJ, Nelson WJ, Maharbiz MM. Galvanotactic control of collective cell migration in epithelial monolayers. Nat Mater. 2014 Apr;13(4):409-17. PubMed PMID: 24608142. 
  3. Cohen DJ, Mitra D, Peterson K, Maharbiz MM. A highly elastic, capacitive strain gauge based on percolating nanotube networks. Nano Lett. 2012 Apr 11;12(4):1821-5. PubMed PMID: 22409332. 
  4. Cohen DJ, Morfino RC, Maharbiz MM. A modified consumer inkjet for spatiotemporal control of gene expression. PLoS One. 2009 Sep 18;4(9):e7086. PubMed PMID: 19763256; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2739290. 
  5. Libby T, Moore TY, Chang-Siu E, Li D, Cohen DJ, Jusufi A, Full RJ. Tail-assisted pitch control in lizards, robots and dinosaurs. Nature. 2012 Jan 4;481(7380):181-4. PubMed PMID: 22217942.