Bio-Engineering Team Making Strides in Tissue Engineering
Career-ending Achilles tendon tears in professional athletes. A decline in an aging population’s quality of life due to injured rotator cuffs. Outdoors enthusiasts made immobile because of tendon tears in their knees.
In the near future, the debilitating nature of these injuries could be a thing of the past, as a Biological Engineering team comprised of assistant professor Nathan Schiele, undergraduate students Abby Raveling, Sophia Bowen and graduate researcher Sophia Theodossiou focus on revolutionary research to engineer regenerative tendon tissue.
Schiele and his student research team are trying to ensure proper differentiation of functional tendon tissue in the lab. Such a discovery could eventually allow doctors the ability to extract stem cells from a patient, differentiate them toward tendon cells in the lab, place them on an engineered tissue scaffold that mimics the mechanical strength of tendon, and suture them back into the patient. Read the full story.