Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Dr. Chris Bashur's Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering Lab has several ongoing research projects including:

  • Processing techniques for tissue engineering scaffolds
  • Bioreactors for vascular grafts
  • Elucidating cell interaction with microenvironmental cues, including topography, factors, and mechanical stimuli
  • Impacts of graft properties on the degree and duration of the in vivo host response
  • Elastic matrix generation and maturation

Dr. Michael Fenn runs the Center for Medical Materials and Biophotonics, and his projects include:

  • Development of multiplexed, highly targeted ‘theranostic’ nanoparticles for multimodal molecular imaging using Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and fluorescence microscopy of tumors in real-time with combined photo-thermal ablation therapy technology
  • Raman spectroscopy for in-situ analysis and screening of anti-cancer agents using an advanced data mining methods
  • Raman spectroscopy and a novel data mining framework for the real-time histopathological characterization of breast cancer via ‘spectral biomarkers’

Dr. Carlos Martino's Quantum Biology lab is involved with:

  • Spin biochemistry of reactive oxygen species modulated by magnetic fields
  • Biosensing: the role of the mitochondria
  • Modulating micromechanics of cells in low magnetic field environments
  • Magnetic seeding of cells on tubular grafts