Cell & Tissue Engineering
This area seeks to understand and attack biomedical problems at the microscopic level and use such knowledge to engineer replacement tissues and organs from individual cells. Knowledge of anatomy, biochemistry and the mechanics of cellular and sub-cellular structures is needed to understand disease processes and to target interventions. Armed with such knowledge, new technologies have been, or are being, developed.
- Miniature devices for delivering compounds that stimulate or inhibit cellular processes in precise locations to promote healing or inhibit disease formation and progression.
- New techniques that have produced replacement skin and may one day produce heart valves, coronary vessels, and even entire hearts.
- Development of artificial materials used for implantation as well as new biomaterials that incorporate proteins or living cells, thereby providing a truer biological and mechanical match for the living tissue.
Eric M. Brey
Expertise: Angiogenesis tissue engineering, endothelial cell-tumor interactions
Dean of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Expertise: Biofluid dynamics, cell mechanics and tissue engineering
Expertise: Mathematical modeling, nonlinear dynamics, polymer reaction engineering
Expertise: Blood flow and thrombosis, cellular biodynamics, atherosclerosis and biomaterials