About This Project
Regenerative Medicine is the field of science that aims to promote regrowth of diseased or injured tissues, for example, restoring nerve connectivity after a spinal cord injury. It has immense promise to impact a range of health conditions and disabilities, yet repair and regeneration currently fall short of their full potential. In order for regrowth to take place, time and location-dependent changes occur in the material surrounding tissue cells and these changes act as signals to direct the cells to regenerate and/or move to the correct location. Current systems used to model and study this process do not accurately reflect the changes that occur naturally during regeneration, for example, during human development or limb regeneration in lizards. Bringing together expertise in stem cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, materials science, and biomedical and chemical engineering, this research aims to develop a new model that more closely resembles the natural process of regenerations, which could improve the possibility of tissue regeneration. The impact of such innovation is far-reaching, from fundamental molecular studies to therapeutic regenerative strategies.