The Wallace H. Coulter Laboratory for Cardiovascular Dynamics and Biomolecular Transport is directed by Dr. John M. Tarbell, CUNY and Wallace Coulter Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and is housed in 3500 ft² of newly renovated space in Steinman Hall on the City College of New York campus. Dr. Tarbell’s group has pioneered in studies of fluid mechanical forces on vascular cells and the vascular transport barrier using in vitro, in vivo and mathematical modeling approaches and continues to extend the boundaries of knowledge in these areas today. A brief history of developments in the field is provided below with links to current research activity in the Lab.
The laboratory contains extensive facilities for cell culture, molecular biology, small animal surgery, biomaterials and microscopy that support a broad range of biotransport and biomechanics experiments. Core facilities at City College in the Biomedical Engineering Department and the Division of Science provide access to state of the art confocal, multi-photon and super resolution light microscopy, atomic force microscopy and a variety of electron microscopes and cryo-EM capabilities. Cell sorting, proteomics, nanofabrication, NMR, mass spec and X-ray crystallography can also be found on campus. The resources of the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering, a consortium of seven of New York’s major medical schools and the BME department at City College that is directed by Dr. Tarbell, are also available to enhance the Coulter Lab’s research activities.
The laboratory staff includes post doctoral fellows, Ph.D. students, undergraduate students, visiting student interns and visiting faculty, while several collaborations with U.S. scientists and foreign scientists broaden the scope of the Laboratory’s studies. Diversity is an important aspect of the laboratory’s rich environment with international students, under-represented minorities and women comprising the majority of the laboratory’s staff.