Benjamin David Cosgrove

Ben Cosgrove

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering
Weill Hall, Room 159



Ben Cosgrove directs the Laboratory of Regenerative Systems Biology at the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University. His research group develops and implements systems bioengineering approaches to study the transcriptional and signaling network dysregulations underlying the decline of muscle stem cell function and tissue regeneration in aging and disease.

The Cosgrove Laboratory is a group of biomedical engineers, stem cell biologists, and systems biologists that are broadly interested in understanding how muscle stem cells use the integrative action of their regulatory circuitry to interpret and balance diverse streams of microenvironmental "information". They explore these questions by: (1) Developing single-cell analysis and modeling approaches to deconstruct how muscle stem cell fate outcomes are dictated by diverse niche microenvironmental signals; (2) Elucidating the logic of autocrine and paracrine signaling networks influencing muscle stem cells fate decisions in homeostatic and regenerating muscle; and (3) Engineering biomimetic microenvironments for evaluating stem cell-niche interactions and exploiting them for cell manufacturing application. These approaches will enable the improvement of rationally designed, quantitatively predicable stem cell-targeted regenerative medicine therapies to treat tissue aging and degeneration. Visit the Cosgrove Lab website for more information.

Dr. Cosgrove earned a bachelor’s in biomedical engineering at the University of Minnesota, a Ph.D. in bioengineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of Dr. Douglas Lauffenburger and Dr. Linda Griffith, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford University School of Medicine with Dr. Helen Blau. His research has been supported by a Whitaker Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars Fellowship, multiple NIH Awards (K99/R00, R01, and two R21 Grants), and a Glenn Medical Research Foundation/American Federation for Aging Research Grant for Junior Faculty. His research has been recognized by a Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Graduate Research Award (2008), a Rising Star Award from the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group of BMES (2015), and a Young Innovator of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Award (2017). His instruction has received a Swanson Teaching Excellence Award (2019) from the Cornell University College of Engineering.

Research Interests

Selected Publications

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Rising Star Award (Biomedical Engineering Society, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering SIG) 2015
  • Pathway to Independence Award (NIH) 2012
  • Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship 2009
  • Biomedical Engineering Society Graduate Research Award 2008
  • Whitaker Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering 2003


  • B.Eng. (Biomedical Engineering), University of Minnesota, 2003
  • Ph.D. (Bioengineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009

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