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Jessica Weaver

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 9709

Jessica Weaver is an assistant professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering. Her expertise lies in integrating biomaterials, drug delivery, and tissue and immune engineering for the development of functional and immune-protected tissue and cell grafts. Her research focuses on developing safe, translatable technologies with long-term efficacy to widen the applicability of cell therapies to broad patient populations through the elimination of chronic immunosuppression.


Ph.D. University of Miami

  1. Weaver, JD, Headen, DM, Coronel, MM, Hunckler, MD, Shirwan, H, García, AJ, Synthetic poly(ethylene glycol)-based microfluidic islet encapsulation reduces graft volume for delivery to highly vascularized and retrievable transplant site, American Journal of Transplantation, (2018), DOI: 10.1111/ajt.15.
  2. Xu, J, Tapadar, S, Weaver, JD, Raji, I, Pithadia, D, García, AJ, Oyelere, A, Shin, C, Inhibition of TBK1/IKKε Promotes Regeneration of Pancreatic Beta Cells, Scientific Reports, 8 (1), 15587 (2018).
  3. Weaver, JD, Headen, DM, Hunckler, MD, Coronel, MM, Stabler, CL, García, AJ, Design of a vascularized synthetic poly (ethylene glycol) macroencapsulation device for islet transplantation, Biomaterials, 172, 54-65 (2018)
  4. Headen, DM, Woodward, KB, Weaver, JD, Zhao, H, Shastra, P, Bowen, WS, Johnson, CT, Shea, LD, Yolcu, E, García, AJ, Shirwan, H, Localized Immunomodulation with Biomaterials Presenting SA-FasL Achieves Allogeneic Islet Graft Acceptance without Chronic Immunosuppression, Nature Materials, 17, 732-739 (2018).
  5. Navarro-Requena, C, Weaver, JD, Clark, A, Clift, D, Perez-Amodio, S, Castano, O, Zhou, D, García, AJ, Engel, E, PEG Hydrogel Containing Calcium-Releasing Particles and Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Promote Vessel Maturation, Acta Biomaterialia, 67, 53-65 (2018).
  6. Weaver, JD, Headen, DM, Aquart, J, Johnson, CT, Shea, LD, Shirwan, H, García, AJ, Vasculogenic Hydrogel Enhances Marginal Islet Mass Engraftment and Function in Extrahepatic Transplant Sites, Science Advances, 3 (6), e1700184 (2017).
  7. Moulisova, V, Gonzalez-Garcia, C, Cantini, M, Rodrigo-Navarro, A, Weaver, JD, Costell, M, Sabater I Serra, R, Dalby, MJ, Garcia, AJ, Salmeron-Sanchez, M, Engineered Microenvironments for Synergistic VEGF-Integrin Signaling During Vascularization, Biomaterials, 126, 61-74 (2017).
  8. Jiang, K, Weaver, JD, Li, Y, Chen, X, Liang, L, Stabler, CL, Local Release of Dexamethasone from Macroporous Scaffolds Accelerates Islet Transplant Engraftment by Promotion of Anti-Inflammatory M2 Macrophages, Biomaterials, 114, 71-81 (2017).
  9. Weaver, JD, Song, Y., Pileggi, A, Ricordi, C, Buchwald, P, Stabler, CL, Controlled Release of Glucocorticoids from Organosilicone Constructs for Local Modulation of Inflammation in an Islet Transplant Site, Tissue Engineering Part A, 21 (15-16), 2250-2261 (2015).
  10. Buchwald P, Cechin SR, Weaver JD and Stabler CL, Experimental Evaluation and Computational Modeling of the Effects of Encapsulation on the Time-Profile of Glucose-Stimulated Insulin Release of Pancreatic Islets, BioMedical Engineering OnLine, 14(28), 1-14 (2015).
  11. Weaver, JD, and Stabler, CL, Antioxidant Cerium Oxide Nanoparticle Hydrogels for Cellular Encapsulation, Acta Biomaterialia, 16, 136-144 (2015).
  12. Song, Y, Margolles-Clark, E., Fraker, CA, Weaver, JD, Ricordi, C., Pileggi, A., Stabler, CL, and Buchwald, P., Feasibility of Localized Immunosuppression: 3. Preliminary Evaluation of Organosilicone Constructs Designed for Sustained Drug Release in a Cell Transplant Environment Using Dexamethasone, Pharmazie, 67, 394-399 (2012).
  13. Giraldo, J.A., Weaver J.D., Stabler, C.L. Enhancing Clinical Islet Transplantation through Tissue Engineering Strategies, J Diabetes Sci Technol. 4(5), 1238-47 (2010).
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 394Special Topics
BME 591Seminar
BME 598Special Topics
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-BMEThe ASU Experience
BME 394Special Topics
BME 493Honors Thesis
BME 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 598Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BME 592Research
BME 792Research