Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
We create the materials of regenerative medicine.
Imagine a world where transplant patients do not wait for a donor or where hearts are repaired by a simple injection. Imagine implants that can "grow" or change function as a child develops or as the body requires. Research that has the potential to change how we think about disease in general and old age in particular is happening at IBBME. Regenerative medicine uses cells, stem cells, and biomaterials to repair, replace, or regenerate damaged tissue and organ structures and function.
Constructing devices, combining cells and biocompatible materials to effect tissue repair or replacement in the context of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cartilage and bone repair.
Stem Cell Bioengineering
Devising processes to control the differentiation and/or self-renewal of embryonic, mesenchymal and adult progenitor cells and understanding the underlying mechanisms of these processes
Creating new materials for tissue engineering and stem cell delivery as well as for other applications such as drug delivery, and understanding the molecular mechanisms of the host response to biomaterials and biomaterial-based devices.
Professors focused in this area include: