Our faculty in this focus area develop tools and methods to engineer biological systems that mimic, recover or improve biological function. Researchers use a combination of cells, bioactive molecules, biomaterials, mechanical conditioning and tools from molecular and genetic engineering. This research theme is closely associated with biomaterials, which supports new tissue growth and platforms to develop models of disease and development.
Training in this field bridges principles of genetic engineering, cell biology, bioelectricity, biomechanics, cellular signaling and medicine with essential elements from biophysics, solid and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and physical chemistry to provide a rigorous background for application in academic, industrial and government settings. Researchers take advantage of a uniquely interdisciplinary environment that includes the College of Biological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine, numerous Centers of Excellence and a GMP facility to translate regenerative medicine technologies from the bench to animal studies and beyond.