VIP Teams

  • This VIP has two broad goals. First, to explore curiosity-driven scientific questions. Second, to strive to make science, technology, and healthcare accessible to billions of people by inventing frugal tools and techniques. These goals are not mutually exclusive; pursuit of one often leads to insights for the other.
  • We have demonstrated that rotary jet spinning successfully produces microfiber networks of polymers accepted by the FDA for surgical implantation. Importantly, we can collect these fibers on spinning mandrels to rapidly generate tubular scaffolds that support cell culture. These scaffolds mimic the fibrillar architecture of human tissues. Prototypes for the rotary jet spinning system and...
  • Engineer a system for manufacturing hydrogel membranes with tunable properties. Engineer a system for precision manufacturing of hydrogel microspheres. Interdisciplinary training for students that spans biomedical, materials, chemical, mechanical, and electrical engineering
  • To study soft, biocompatible materials to design low-profile, unobtrusive wearable and implantable electronics for advancing human healthcare and wellness.
  • Students will be joining a team of continuing students in reconstructing a 3D model of a patient’s local tumor site in a computer-aided design software that could be used to control the spatial positioning of multiple printer heads. Bioinks will be designed and tested by team members using biomedical and mechanical principles in order to print both normal tissue and cancer-esque tissues. The 3D...