Kris N. Dahl is an associate professor in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Carnege Mellon University, with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dahl joined Carnegie Mellon University in 2006. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 1998 and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Her thesis research was on the mechanics and architecture of composite membrane systems under the supervision of Dennis Discher. Dahl then completed a postdoctoral appointment at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Cell Biology where she focused on the biochemical and functional analysis of spectrin-repeat complexes at the nuclear envelope under Katherine L. Wilson.
Dahl's research uses rheological, biophysical, and optical techniques to understand the structure and organization of the cell nucleus. These studies are relevant to dissecting the molecular pathology of diseases caused by defects in nuclear structure.
Discovering Spectrin: A New Mechanical Element
2005 Postdoctoral fellowship, Cell Biology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
2004 Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Pennylvania
1998 BS, Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
The future of human healing lies in the brain of a starfish
Stem cell therapy is about to get a whole lot cheaper, thanks to the incredible regenerative powers of starfish.
“Seeing” the dual-layered scaffolding of cellular nuclei
Using super-sensitive microscopic imaging, Kris Dahl partnered with Pitt/UPMC to make a fundamental biological discovery that could be key to untangling the mechanisms underlying several genetic diseases.
Dahl uses sensors to measure forces within cell monolayers
ChemE’s Kris Dahl is using a new technique called SINK (sensors from intranuclear kinetics) to observe the properties of an entire monolayer of cells and determine how broadly cells communicate.
Dahl and Armiger’s research featured in Phys.org
ChemE’s Kris Dahl and Travis Armiger recently discovered that the cell nucleus recovers from major deformations in part because of a spring-like, mechanical element called a spectrin protein that exists in the nucleus.