Bio. Sci. Seminar - Smitha Rao
Dr. Smitha Rao
Presentation Title: Engineered Nanofiber Scaffolds for Biomedical Applications
Abstract: Nanofiber scaffolds using natural and synthetic materials have been developed for various applications ranging from regenerative medicine to cell culture. There are several challenges in developing a platform that caters to multiple situations limiting their application in biological analysis. The Biomedical µDevices group established by Dr. Rao in Fall 2015 in Department of Biomedical Engineering at MTU is focused on addressing these challenges using common synthetic polymers or polymer blends. These scaffolds have been tested as in vitro cancer tumors, scaffolds for supporting proliferation of skin cells, cardiomyoblasts and as theragnostic patches to diagnose and treat cancer cells before they become metastatic. These scaffolds can also be used to study the response of cells to environmental factors such as arsenic contamination.
Thursday, November 14 at 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC), 201/202
1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931