Our Research into Regnerative Medicine
Tissue Engineering & Biomaterials
Our research focus is regenerative medicine, specifically tissue engineering and biomaterials in urologic, gastrointestinal and vascular regeneration models. We study the regenerative applications of combining novel elastomeric scaffolds with specific stem and progenitor cell populations, and utilize nanomolecules and small molecules to customize microenvironments suited to specific regenerative processes.
Projects include investigation of mesenchymal stem cells and hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells for design of tissue grafts with enhanced functionality, implementation of small molecules and nanomolecules to promote regeneration, use of small molecules to influence cell fate, establishing new urologic tissue reconstruction models and approaches, developing treatment strategies for inflammation-based urologic conditions, and the synthesis of novel anti-inflammatory peptide amphiphiles to aid in the regenerative process and combat specific disease types.
- Dr. Earl Cheng, Department of Urology and Division Head of Lurie Children's Pediatric Urology
- Ameer Lab (Prof. Guillermo Ameer, NU Depts of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery, SQI, CARE Director)
- Chow Lab (Dr. Lesley Chow, Lehigh University Depts of Material Science and Engineering and Bioengineering)
- Dr. Matthias Hofer, Urology San Antonio
- Dr. Catherine Hunter, University of Oklahoma Dept of Surgery and Children's Hospital at OU Medicine's Division of Pediatric Surgery
- Kibbe Lab (Dr. Melina Kibbe, University of North Carolina Dept of Biomedical Engineering and Chair, Dept of Surgery)
- Lurie Children's - Divisions of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Urology
- NU - Depts of Surgery (Division of Pediatric Surgery) and Urology
- Rogers Research Group (Prof. John Rogers, NU Depts of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Neurological Surgery, SQI, QSIB Director)
- Stupp Lab (Prof. Samuel Stupp, NU Depts of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, SQI Director)
- Dr. Yvonne Chan, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dept of Urology and Children's Health's Division of Pediatric Urology