Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology


Thomas C. Trusk, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director, Josh Spruill Imaging Facility

Room 643, Basic Science Building
Office: (843) 792-3756



BA Psychology St. Mary's College, Winona, MN 1975
MS Psychology Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 1978
PhD Biology Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 1986
Postdoctoral work at Medical College of Wisconsin 1986-1990

Research Interests:

Development of the heart and circulatory system; light, fluorescent, confocal and video microscopy; image analysis; three-dimensional reconstruction; 3D printing; and biofabrication.
Directs the Josh Spruill Imaging Facility.

Recent Publications:

  1. Tan Y, Richards DJ, Trusk TC, Visconti RP, Yost MJ, Kindy MS, Drake CJ, Argraves WS, Markwald RR, Mei Y. 3D printing facilitated scaffold-free tissue unit fabrication. Biofabrication 2014, April 10;6(2):024111. [PMID: 24717646]
  2. Czajka CA, Mehesz AN, Trusk TC, Yost MJ, Drake CJ. Scaffold-Free Tissue Engineering: Organization of the Tissue Cytoskeleton and Its Effects on Tissue Shape. Ann Biomed Eng. 2014, Feb 15. [PMID: 2453174]
  3. Twal, W. O., S. C. Klatt, K. Harikrishnan, E. Gerges, M. A. Cooley, T. C. Trusk, B. Zhou, M. G. Gabr, T. Shazly, S. M. Lessner, R. R. Markwald and W. S. Argraves. "Cellularized Microcarriers as Adhesive Building Blocks for Fabrication of Tubular Tissue Constructs." Ann Biomed Eng, (2013) [PMID: 23943070]
  4. Trusk TC, 2011, 3D Reconstruction of Confocal Image Data.  In Basic Confocal Microscopy, R.L. Price and W.G. Jerome (eds.), New York: Springer, p. 243-272.
  5. Mironov, V., T. Trusk, V. Kasyanov, S. Little, R. Swaja and R. Markwald. "Biofabrication: A 21st Century Manufacturing Paradigm." Biofabrication 1, no. 2 (2009): 022001 [PMID: 20811099]
  6. Damon, B. J., M. C. Remond, M. R. Bigelow, T. C. Trusk, W. Xie, R. Perucchio, D. Sedmera, S. Denslow and R. P. Thompson. "Patterns of Muscular Strain in the Embryonic Heart Wall." Dev Dyn 238, no. 6 (2009): 1535-46 [PMID: 19418446]
  7. Wirrig, E. E., B. S. Snarr, M. R. Chintalapudi, L. O'Neal J, A. L. Phelps, J. L. Barth, V. M. Fresco, C. B. Kern, C. H. Mjaatvedt, B. P. Toole, S. Hoffman, T. C. Trusk, W. S. Argraves and A. Wessels. "Cartilage Link Protein 1 (Crtl1), an Extracellular Matrix Component Playing an Important Role in Heart Development." Dev Biol 310, no. 2 (2007): 291-303 [PMID: 17822691]
  8. Snarr, B. S., E. E. Wirrig, A. L. Phelps, T. C. Trusk and A. Wessels. "A Spatiotemporal Evaluation of the Contribution of the Dorsal Mesenchymal Protrusion to Cardiac Development." Dev Dyn 236, no. 5 (2007): 1287-94 [PMID: 17265457]
  9. Norris, R. A., B. Damon, V. Mironov, V. Kasyanov, A. Ramamurthi, R. Moreno-Rodriguez, T. Trusk, J. D. Potts, R. L. Goodwin, J. Davis, S. Hoffman, X. Wen, Y. Sugi, C. B. Kern, C. H. Mjaatvedt, D. K. Turner, T. Oka, S. J. Conway, J. D. Molkentin, G. Forgacs and R. R. Markwald. "Periostin Regulates Collagen Fibrillogenesis and the Biomechanical Properties of Connective Tissues." J Cell Biochem 101, no. 3 (2007): 695-711 [PMID: 17226767]
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