Regenerative Engineering

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Cluster in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Regenerative engineering integrates the fields of cell and tissue engineering, biomaterials, biomechanics, cellular and molecular biology and clinical science to restore or replace cell, tissue or organ function or prevent cell, tissue or organ degeneration. This cluster is focused on the development of new biomaterial and cellular constructs, immune-engineering approaches, artificial organs and cell and drug delivery to treat or replace diseased tissues and organs; and the characterization of physico-chemical and physiological tissue properties in normal and pathological states and the use of this knowledge to prevent degeneration and develop therapies.  The cluster will be composed of a collaborative group of faculty, students, and affiliates within the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering and several others across the university, primarily in the School of Medicine.  In addition, interactions will include partners in other universities and industry.  We intend to set up a joint collaborative center of excellence at the University of Miami with the School of Medicine with activities including extensive collaborative research with shared instrumentation facilities, education through coordinated coursework and workshops, seminars and discussion groups, and social networking events.

COE Thrusts SupportedHealth, Materials

Graduate Courses Offered:  Biochemistry and cellular physiology for engineers (BME 601); Human physiology for engineers (BME 602); Neurophysiology for engineers (BME 603); Regulatory control of biomedical devices (BME 612); Biomedical systems engineering (BME 613); Scanning Electron Microscopy for engineers (BME 622); Advanced biomaterials (BME 635); Principles of cellular and tissue engineering (BME 665); Tissue mechanics (BME 675); BME 685 (Immuno-engineering); Finite element analysis for engineers (BME 687); Current trends in regenerative engineering (BME 695); Organs on a chip (BME 702); Scanning Electron Microscopy special projects (BME 722); Stem cell-based tissue engineering (BME 760); Stem cell design (BME 761).

Number of PhD Students and Research Personnel: 16 PhD students (AY 29-20)

Faculty Participants
Coordinators:  TBD (could be Alice Tomei and Fotios Andreopoulos or Alicia Jackson or new hire)

BME Members (Tenured, Tenure-track only): Ashutosh Agarwal, Fotios Andreopoulos, Courtney Dumont, Charles Huang, Alicia Jackson, Alice Tomei, Others To Be Hired

Other Departments & Schools (draft listing): The cluster is aligned with the regenerative medicine initiative at the School of Medicine. Several institutes at the School of Medicine, at the Miami Project, Diabetes Research Institute, Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute, Department of Orthopedics, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center; as well as the Frost Institute for Chemistry and Molecular Science and the Department of Chemistry.