The University of Cincinnati sponsored a one-day, regional symposium on the bio-applications of membrane science and technology as part of of their NSF IGERT training grant. The symposium took place September... More »
Fascinated by the intricate function of the human body, I am interested in addressing the challenges of tissue engineering. Soft-tissue musculoskeletal injuries do not naturally heal and can lead to more damaging and cost-consuming injuries. According to a functional tissue engineering paradigm, it is the goal to restore normal tissue function after injury to prevent the early onset of degenerative musculoskeletal conditions. Many repair strategies involve using stem cell-seeded scaffolds to foster repair in the native tissue. My research involves understanding how tendon cell membranes interface with the scaffold. Understanding this interaction will allow us to ensure that nutrients and growth factors are effectively delivered to cells within the construct, thus maintaining their ability to regenerate and remodel tendon tissue.