Biomimetic Tissue Engineering
Course description: This course presents basic principles of biological, medical, and material science as applied to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. We will look at the growing field of tissue engineering, highlighting the current challenges in the field and the emerging applications of engineered tissues.
We will first discuss native tissue formation and maintenance processes, summarizing the basic properties of the cells and the natural extracellular matrix that compose the natural tissues. Then, we will study materials and fabrication approaches that have been used to mimic natural tissue formation and organization, and how we can use these approaches to engineer biomimetic tissues. We will emphasize specific applications of tissue engineering to regenerative medicine as well as new endeavors for engineered tissues such as organs-on-chip, biorobotics, and tissue engineered meat and leather.