Jessica Wagenseil
Jubel Hall, Room 303E
BS, University of California, San Diego, 1997
DSc, Washington University, 2003
Postdoc, Washington University, 2008

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Jessica Wagenseil

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Associate Professor


Arterial mechanics, elastin and elastic fibers, vascular growth and remodeling


Jessica Wagenseil studies cardiovascular mechanics, specifically focusing on cardiovascular development, extracellular matrix proteins, and microstructurally-based constitutive modeling. Her work is important for testing clinical interventions for elastin-related diseases and for designing better protocols for building tissue-engineered blood vessels.


Professor Wagenseil joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. She was a faculty member in Biomedical Engineering at Saint Louis University from 2009–2013. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Cell Biology and Physiology with Dr. Robert Mecham at the Washington University School of Medicine focusing on elastin assembly and the mechanical properties of arteries with reduced elastin amounts. She completed her doctoral studies in Biomedical Engineering under the guidance of Dr. Ruth Okamoto at Washington University studying the mechanical properties of bio-artificial tissues.

Professor Wagenseil is originally from California, and received her bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Researches cardiovascular mechanics

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Wagenseil to study dysfunction in aortic wall with American Heart Association grant to study dysfunction in aortic wall with American Heart Association grant