Ian Schneider


Associate Professor


2035 Sweeney
618 Bissell Rd.
Ames, IA 50011-1098


 Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • The American Society for Cell Biology
  • Americal Society for Matrix Biology

Institutional Service

  • Professor-in-charge, Biomedical Engineering Program, Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Advisor, Biomedical Engineering Society Student Chapter


  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2005
  • M.S. Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2002
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2000

Interest Areas

  • Cellular and molecular mechanobiology
  • Biomaterials to control cell function in wound healing, immune response and cancer.
  • Mechanically regulated drug release
  • Aptamer development
  • DNA origami
  • Dr. Ian Schneider Research Group Page



  • SRU Veettil Unnikandam, SR, Hwang, D, Correia, J, Bartlett, MD and Schneider, IC, Cancer cell migration in collagen-hyaluronan composite extracellular matrices, Acta Biomaterialia 130: 183-198 (2021)
  • Veettil Unnikandam, SR, Bruggen Van, SM, Hwang, DG, Bartlett, MD and Schneider, IC, Tuning surface functionalization and collagen gel thickness to regulate cancer cell migration, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 179: 37-47 (2019).
  • Wang, J, Koelbl, J, Boddupalli, A, Yao, Z, Bratlie, KM and Schneider, IC, Transfer of assembled collagen fibrils to flexible substrates for mechanically tunable contact guidance cues, Integrative Biology, 10: 705-718 (2018).
  • Nuhn, JAM, Perez, AM and Schneider, IC, Contact guidance diversity in rotationally aligned collagen matrices, Acta Biomaterialia, 66, 248-257 (2018).
  • Wang J and Schneider IC, Myosin Phosphorylation on Stress Fibers Predicts Contact Guidance Behavior across Diverse Breast Cancer Cells, Biomaterials, 120, 81-93 (2017).
  • Wang J, Petefish J, Hillier A, Schneider IC, Epitaxially Grown Collagen Fibers Reveal Diversity in Contact Guidance Behavior among Cancer Cells, Langmuir, 31, 307-344 (2015).
  • Haage A and Schneider IC, Cellular Contractility and Extracellular Matrix Stiffness Regulate Matrix Metalloproteinase Activity in Pancreatic Cancer Cells, The FASEB J., 8, 3589-3599 (2014).
  • Lara Rodriguez L and Schneider IC, Directed Cell Migration in Multi-cue Environments, Integr. Biol., 5, 1306-1323 (2013).
  • Gardel ML, Schneider IC, Aratyn-Schaus Y and Waterman C, Mechanical Integration of Actin and Adhesion Dynamics in Cell Migration, Ann. Rev. of Cell and Dev. Biol., 26, 315-333 (2010).

Primary Strategic Research Area

Engineered Medicine