Kristen O'Halloran Cardinal

Office: 41-220
Phone Number: 805-756-2675
Email: kohallor(place an 'at' sign here)


Kristen O’Halloran Cardinal received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 2007 from the University of Arizona. Her research endeavors focused on tissue engineered blood vessels and intravascular device evaluation, and her industrial collaborations have included several medical device companies, including Abbott Vascular where she spent time in the Preclinical Research group. Prior to her graduate studies, she completed a B.S. in General Engineering with a Biomedical Engineering concentration at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. While a student a Cal Poly, she also was a member of the NCAA Division 1 women’s volleyball team.

“I am excited to be a part of the CIRM program for several reasons.  It is directly relevant to my own research in the area of tissue engineered blood vessels, as the issues and techniques in the stem cell field are directly applicable and relevant to tissue engineering.  In addition, I believe that the hands-on emphasis of the program and the focused internships will prepare students with important skills.  And finally, I believe that Cal Poly is well-suited to train students to enter this emerging industry in California.”


  • B.S., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, General Engineering, 2003
  • Ph.D. University of Arizona, Tuscon, Biomedical Engineering, 2007.

Research Interests

Creating tissue engineered models for preclinical device testing
Electrospun polymer scaffolds
Tissue engineered blood vessels


CIRM Class: BMED 510 Principles of Tissue Engineering:

This class covers fundamental aspects of tissue engineering, including cell sources, scaffolds, and bioreactors, as well as applications of tissue engineering.  The laboratory is a major component of the course, where students gain hands-on skills in cell culture, histology and staining, bioreactor assembly and characterization, and the creation and cultivation of a tissue engineered construct.

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