Ivan Batalov (Postdoc) is currently a senior fellow in Stevens (Department of Bioengineering) and Deforest (Department of Chemical Engineering) groups at the University of Washington. Ivan received his B.S. and M.S. in Applied Physics and Mathematics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Russia) and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Ivan has built engineered anisotropic 2D cardiac tissues using embryonic heart-inspired biomimetic micropatterned extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins and analyzed the mechanism of cardiac tissue alignment stimulated by cell-cell and cell-ECM interactions. He is interested in recapitulating early stages of embryonic heart development in vitro using human pluripotent stem cell-derived engineered heart tissues as well as elucidating the mechanisms guiding heart development at these stages.