Despite significant advances in medicine and biology, the lack of precisely defined in vitro systems has hindered our ability to understand cell function and to regulate its behavior for tissue engineering. In addition, our inability to miniaturize experiments and to perform high-throughput cell-based experiments has limited our ability to define optimized culture conditions. Therefore, it is important to control cell microenvironment in a manner that is tightly controlled, reproducible and scalable. Using innovative approaches at the interface of biology, engineering, medicine and materials science, we aim to address this challenge. Our goal is to develop micro- and nanoengineering approaches for controlling cell microenvironment and to use these techniques to regulate stem cell fate decisions. To control cell microenvironment we develop novel micro- and nanoscale technologies to regulate cell-cell contact (using patterned co-cultures), cell-ECM interactions (using novel biomaterials), cell-soluble factor components (using microfluidics) and cell shape (using micropatterning) . In addition, we have developed microfluidic and microarray methods to perform high-throughput experiments, in order to facilitate systematic testing of various environmental conditions on cell fate. Equipped with these tools we study various aspects of stem cell self-renewal and differentiation and develop microreactors that facilitate directed differentiation of stem cells to therapeutic cells.

   
  Current Research taking place at Khademhosseini Lab
 

Tissue Engineering

Tissue engineering is an emerging field that aims at regeneration of natural tissues...

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Biomaterials

Biomaterials is the broad research area in our lab and efforts lie at the interface of tissue engineering, microfluidics and stem cell bioengineering...

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Organs on chip

The organs-on-a-chip platforms seek to recapitulate human organ functions at microscale

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BioMEMS

Microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS, is a technology developed by the microelectronics industry...

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Stem Cell Engineering

Stem cells have the unique ability of self-renewal as well as being able to give rise to differentiated cell types...
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