BME Graduate Seminar - Eben Alsberg, PhD

Feb 11, 2020

03:30 PM - 04:20 PM

Seamans Center, 2229

103 South Capitol Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar (BME:5010)

Eben Alsberg, PhD
Richard and Loan Hill Professor
Department of Bioengineering
University of Illinois - Chicago

Modular Inductive High-Density Cell Culture Systems for Engineering Complex Tissues

Abstract: High-density cultures of cells can mimic immature condensates present during many developmental and healing processes.  Presenting specific soluble signals, such as growth factors, exogenously in tissue culture media can regulate cell behavior in these cultures and promote new tissue formation.  However, shortcomings of this approach include transport issues, limited spatial control over signal presentation, and required repeated dosing in the media.  We have engineered technology that overcomes these challenges by incorporating microparticles containing bioactive signals within the high-density cell cultures, which permits localized spatial and temporal control over the presentation of these regulatory cues to the cells.  In this talk, I will present our research using this strategy to engineer a variety of tissues, including bone, cartilage and trachea.  The capacity to deliver diverse signals, including growth factors and plasmid DNA, for driving new tissue formation will be demonstrated.  In addition, the value of this technology for engineering a wide range of tissue shapes, including spheres, sheets, rings and tubes will be examined.  Finally, the utility of providing cell-instructive bioactive factors from biomaterials in a controlled manner for the assembly of modular tissue units to engineer complex constructs comprised of multiple tissue types will be explored.

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