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M.Sc. Katharina Cu

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Research Interests


- Electrohydrodynamic Jetting

- Stimuli-responsive materials

- Drug delivery 


Research Topic: Stimuli-responsive materials via electrohydrodynamic jetting

Stimuli-responsive materials are known for their ability to undergo a conformational change and alter their material properties in a dynamic response to an internal or external stimulus, such as pH, temperature, light, electrical or magnetic fields. These so-called “smart materials” have gained significant interest in drug delivery, soft robotics and other engineering fields. With the established electrohydrodynamic jetting, micrometer-sized fibers and scaffolds can be created with multiple compartments.


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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (since 2019)

Ph.D. student in Chemical and Process Engineering

3D- electrohydodynamic Co-Jetting of smart and degradable polymer materials

Harvard University, USA

Research Fellow, Group of Prof. S. Mitragotri, 03/2019-08/2019

Ionic liquid (IL)-mediated immunomodulation

Research Fellow, Group of Prof. S. Mitragotri, 02/2018-04/2018

Needle-free/Transdermal Injection

University of Twente, the Netherlands (2017 – 2019)

M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering

Specialization in Bionanotechnology & Advanced Biomanufacturing

Thesis: Passive and Active Transdermal Delivery: Towards Needle-Free Injections

FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Germany (2013-2016)

B. Eng. Biomedical Engineering

Thesis: Development of a gelatin-based support bath to print complex 3D collagen gel structures


Student Assistant

Roessingh Research and Development, the Netherlands (02/2017-05/2017)

Department: Tissue Mechanics in-vivo

FH Aachen, Germany (03/2016-08/2016)

Graduate teaching associate for fluid dynamics and biomaterials



1. Delivery strategies for skin: Comparison of nanoliter jets, needles and topical solutions K Cu, R Bansal, S Mitragotri, DF Rivas. Annals of biomedical engineering (2019) DOI: 10.1007/s10439-019-02383-1

2. Ionic‐Liquid‐Based Safe Adjuvants A Ukidve*, K Cu*, M Goetz, P Angsantikul, A Curreri, EEL Tanner, J Lahann, S Mitragotri. Advanced Materials (2020), DOI: 10.1002/adma.202002990

3. Overcoming biological barriers to improve solid tumor immunotherapy A Ukidve*, K Cu*, N. Kumbhojkar*, J. Lahann, S. Mitragotri. Drug Delivery and Translational Research (2021), DOI: 10.1007/s13346-021-00923-8