Renita Horton

Renita Horton

Assistant Professor

Biomedical Engineering
Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Office: 208 Agricultural and Biological Engineering
P 662.325.7345
Cardiovascular Tissue engineering Laboratory


Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Harvard University.
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Harvard University.
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Mississippi State University.

Experience Record

  • Aug. 2014 – Present, Assistant Research Professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
  • Aug. 2014 - Feb. 2016, Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Boston, MA
  • May 2014 – Aug. 2014, Postdoctoral Fellow, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Boston, MA

Specialty Areas

Cardiovascular disease modeling, mechanotransduction, microdevices, organs on chip

Research Interests

  • Sickle cell disease
    • Understanding the underlying mechanisms that lead to vaso-occlusions
    • Understanding the cardiovascular consequences of sickle cell disease
  • Heart disease
    • Structure function relationship between cells and the whole organ in development and disease
    • Improving our understanding of role of extracellular matrix cues in disease and development


  • Horton, RE, Yadid, M, McCain, ML, Sheehy, SP, Pasqualini, FS, Park, SJ, Cho, A, Campbell, P, Parker, KK. Angiotensin II Induced Cardiac Dysfunction on a Chip. PLoS ONE 11(1): e0146415.
  • Horton, RE, Auguste, DA. Synergistic effects of hypoxia and extracellular matrix cues in cardiomyogenesis. Biomaterials. 2012 Sep 33 (27): 6313-9.
  • Horton, RE, Millman, JR, Colton, CK, Auguste, DA. Engineering microenvironments for embryonic stem cell differentiation to cardiomyocytes. Regenerative Medicine. 2009 Sep 4 (5):721-32.
  • Abkarian M, Faivre M, Horton R, Smistrup K, Best-Popescu CA, Stone HA (2008). Cellular-scale hydrodynamics. Biomedical Materials. 2008 Mar 3(3):034011.

Awards and Honors

  • 2016, Harvard CNS Fellowship
  • 2011, Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship
  • 2010, First Place Harvard Stem Cell Institute Imaging Contest
  • 2006-2008, National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science Fellow (GEM)
  • 2002-2010, Gates Fellow
  • 2001-2007, Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Scholar

Professional Memberships

  • American Heart Association (AHA)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • American Society of Hematoogy (ASH)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Diversity Committee Member
  • Society of Biological Engineers (SBE)
  • Tau Beta Pi