"Engineered Hydrogels for Regenerative Medicine Applications"


Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Brigham and Women's Hospital, Anesthesia Conference Room, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA

Leaders in Regenerative Medicine Seminar

Online registration is required.

Guest speaker:
Ali Khademhosseini, PhD
Associate Professor, Harvard-MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST)
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Bioengineer, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Dr. Khademhosseini's talk will focus on his work on engineered materials that integrate advances in polymer chemistry, nanotechnology, and biological sciences, with the potential to create powerful medical therapies. His research aims to engineer tissue regenerative therapies using water-containing polymer networks, called hydrogels, that can regulate cell behavior. Specifically, they have developed photocrosslinkable hybrid hydrogels that combine natural biomolecules with nanoparticles to regulate the chemical, biological, mechanical and electrical properties of gels.  These functional scaffolds induce the differentiation of stem cells to desired cell types and direct the formation of vascularized heart or bone tissues. Since tissue function is highly dependent on architecture, his team has also used microfabrication methods, such as microfluidics, photolithography, bioprinting, and molding, to regulate the architecture of these materials. They have employed these strategies to generate miniaturized tissue. To create tissue complexity, he has also developed directed assembly techniques to compile small tissue modules into larger constructs. It is anticipated that such approaches will lead to the development of next-generation regenerative therapeutics and biomedical devices.

These seminars will provide a platform for regenerative medicine researchers at BWH to come together, network with each other, learn about the latest findings in regenerative medicine and explore potential collaborations. The center will also focus on funding opportunities and one of its goals is to strengthen ties with MGH and HSCI and prime future collaborations around program project grants with these institutions.

Directions to Anesthesia Conference Room

  • Follow the BWH Pike to Exit 4 to the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health
  • Take the elevator to L1
  • Turn so that the entrance to the Dept. of Anesthesia offices is behind you and you are facing the hallway.
  • Make a right at the hall way and go straight ahead, underneath the sign for the Anesthesia conference room.

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