Primary Research Areas:Cell Biology; Enzyme Mechanokinetics; Gene Therapy; Mechanobiology; Mechanoimmunology; Osteoarthritis; Soft Tissue Repair, Regeneration and Replacement; Wound Healing
Key Faculty: Principal ScientistsMadhu Bhargava, Ph.D., Associate Scientist
Overiew: TERR Program Mission and Goals:
Tissue engineering involves the use of cells, biologic and synthetic materials, and methods to grow new tissue to replace or repair injured or diseased tissues and organs to regain physiologic function. The Tissue Engineering, Regeneration and Repair Program's goal is to determine the biological, biochemical, bimolecular and biomechanical mechanisms responsible for development, damage, degeneration and healing of the musculoskeletal tissues, cartilage, meniscus, ligaments and tendons, and to use this information to develop new cell and tissue based strategies to prevent, repair, regenerate or replace the injured tissues. In order to find solutions to these problems and translate this information to the patient, the Program uses an interdisciplinary approach by forming specialized teams of scientists, physicians and engineers, each of whom brings a unique perspective to the problem. This allows the integration of various disciplines, such as biology, biochemistry, biophysics, biomechanics and immunology, to study the interaction between these fields (e.g., mechanobiology, mechanoimmunology, enzyme mechanokinetics) in the physiology of normal and diseased tissues. The overall aim of our research is to translate our research findings from the bench-to-the-bedside to treat patients with injuries to soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system.
In addition to basic and applied research, the Program strives to mentor young faculty and students in the scientific, medical and engineering principles necessary to advance their careers in the field of tissue engineering and repair.
The Tissue Engineering, Regeneration and Repair Program is engaged in basic, applied, translational and clinical research and currently is composed of the following laboratories:
Future areas of research focus will include stem cell engineering, developmental skeletal biology, and cell-matrix interactions.