Dr. Timothy Lyden received his Ph.D. at the University of Maine in Reproductive Cell Biology. He then moved to Wright State University and Ohio State University serving as a Post Doc, Research Assistant Professor and Research Scientist over a 12 year period. In 2001 he relocated to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls as an Assistant Professor and established his laboratory focused on in-vitro modeling of trophoblast functions and cellular differentiation. In 2004 he shifted his research focus to 3D artificial tissue models and has been working in that area ever since. In 2009, Dr. Lyden established the UWRF Tissue and Cellular Innovation Center and began work on 3D modeling of tumors from initial matrix seeding through progression and development of metastasis. This work has progressed to examining the potential role of cancer cell clusters in metastasis and invasion. Current plans include the addition of 3D bio-printing in the near future.