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Dr. Timothy Downing

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Tim Downing has been on the faculty at UC Irvine since 2016 and holds a primary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics.


The Downing Lab focuses on understanding gene regulation during tissue development, regeneration and disease progression. Building on this information, the lab also aims to develop molecular tools and biomaterials to synthetically regulate the epigenome for better control over cell fate and behavior.


Downing is a 2019 NIH (DP2) New Innovator Award recipient and a 2020 recipient of the “Rising Star” Award from the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) Special Interest Group within the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).


UCI Assistant Professor Biomedical Engineering


Assistant Professor (Joint Appointment)

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics


Stem cell and tissue engineering, regenerative biology, cell reprogramming, epigenomics, mechanobiology.

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