Faculty Profile

Victoria G. Muir

Assistant Professor

(joining Fall 2024)


  • Post-doctorate – 2024 Princeton University
  • Doctorate – 2022 University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelors – 2018 University of Delaware

About Victoria Muir

Victoria G. Muir will join the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2024. Victoria earned her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania under the advisement of Professor Jason A. Burdick, where she developed her expertise in hydrogel biomaterials and musculoskeletal tissue engineering. She then moved to Princeton University as a postdoctoral research fellow under the mentorship of Professor Sujit S. Datta, where she investigated microbe-virus interactions in porous media using bioprinting and hydrogel-based 3D cell culture systems.

The Muir Lab will specialize in designing and characterizing biopolymer hydrogels across size scales – from incorporating molecular-scale features to patterning micron- and millimeter-scale architecture. The lab’s main goal will be to engineer soft granular materials, aiming to find innovative solutions for bioprinting, injectable tissue repair, and 3D cell culture research.

The Muir Lab’s research will focus on three main areas:

    1. Healing with Injectable Hydrogels: Developing injectable microporous hydrogels that can aid in musculoskeletal tissue repair and controlled delivery of antimicrobial agents
    2. Understanding Host-Microbe-Virus Interactions: Engineering 3D cell culture platforms to investigate the interactions between hosts, microbes, and viruses towards tackling biomedical and environmental challenges
    3. User-Friendly Biomaterials Research: Designing economical and straightforward tools to expand access to biomaterials research and accelerate progress in the field

Select Publications

For a complete listing of publications, please view the Full CV.

  1. V.G. Muir, S. Weintraub, A.P. Dhand, H. Fallahi, L. Han, J.A. Burdick. “Influence of Microgel and Interstitial Matrix Compositions on Granular Hydrogel Composite Properties”, Advanced Science, 2023, 10 (10), 2206117.
  2. V.G. Muir, T.H. Qazi, S. Weinstraub, B. Moldanado, P. Arratia, and J.A. Burdick. “Sticking Together: Injectable Granular Hydrogels with Increased Functionality via Dynamic Covalent Inter-particle Crosslinking”, Small, 2022, 18, 6, 2201115.
  3. V.G. Muir, M.E. Prendergast, and J.A. Burdick, “Fragmenting Bulk Hydrogels and Processing into Granular Hydrogels for Biomedical Applications”, J. Vis. Exp. 2022, 183, e63867
  4. T.H. Qazi, V.G. Muir, J.A. Burdick. “Methods to characterize granular hydrogel rheological properties, porosity, and cell invasion”, ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng. 2022. 2022, 8, 4, 1427–1442.
  5. T.H. Qazi, J. Wu, V.G. Muir, S. Weintraub, D. Lee, S. Gullbrand, D. Issadore, J.A. Burdick. “Anisotropic Rod-Shaped Particles Influence Injectable Granular Hydrogel Properties and Cell Invasion”, Advanced Materials, 2021, 34, 12, 2109194.
  6. V.G. Muir, T.H. Qazi, J. Shan, J. Groll, J.A. Burdick, “Influence of Microgel Fabrication Technique on Granular Hydrogel Properties”, ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng. 2021, 7, 9, 4269–4281.
  7. V.G. Muir and J.A. Burdick, “Chemically-modified Biopolymers for the Formation of Biomedical Hydrogels”, Chem. Rev. 2021, 121, 18, 10908–10949.
  8. *C.T. Greco, *V.G. Muir, T.H. Epps, III, and M.O. Sullivan, “Efficient tuning of siRNA dose response by combining mixed polymer nanocarriers with simple kinetic modeling”, Acta Biomaterialia 50, 407-416, 2017. *Denotes co-first authors


For a complete listing of awards, please view the Full CV.

  1. Solomon R. Pollack Award for Excellence in Graduate Bioengineering Research, University of Pennsylvania, 2023
  2. Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Princeton University, 2022
  3. Penn Prize for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, University of Pennsylvania, 2020
  4. National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2019
  5. Poddar Award for Rising Star in Chemical Engineering, AIChE, 2019
  6. Barry Goldwater Scholarship, University of Delaware, 2016

Research Areas

Hydrogel biomaterials, granular materials, porous media, bioprinting, microfluidics, musculoskeletal tissue repair, microbial community collective behavior, phage-bacteria interactions

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