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SELECTBIO Conferences 3D-Printing in Life Sciences Conference

Catherine Kuo's Biography

Catherine Kuo, Assistant Professor, Tufts University

Catherine K. Kuo is an Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Tufts University and a faculty member of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University School of Medicine. She received her B.S.E. in Materials Science and Engineering and her Ph.D. in Biomaterials and Macromolecular Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She then pursued postdoctoral training at the NIAMS of the National Institutes of Health. Her research focuses on engineering tissues informed by the unique microenvironments of embryonic, healing, diseased, and aging tissues, with an emphasis on the musculoskeletal system. She is using these engineered tissues to study mechanisms of healthy and aberrant tissue formation (e.g. fibrosis), and also generating replacement tissues. Professor Kuo is on the advisory council for the International Society of Ligaments and Tendons, serves on the editorial review board for Journal of Orthopaedic Research, and is a recipient of a March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award and an NSF CAREER Award.

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Engineering Tissue Microenvironments Informed by Development, Healing and Disease

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 at 17:00

Add to Calendar ▼2015-07-08 17:00:002015-07-08 18:00:00Europe/LondonEngineering Tissue Microenvironments Informed by Development, Healing and

Tendons are critical tissues of the musculoskeletal system that transfer forces from muscle to bone and stabilize joint structures. Despite surgical intervention, injured or diseased tendons are challenged by reparative wound healing responses that result in scar tissue and mechanical dysfunction. This significant problem has motivated efforts to enhance in vivo healing and also to generate tissue replacements. We are systematically characterizing structure-property relationships of these load-bearing tissues during development, healing, and disease progression in order to identify design parameters for engineered tissues. Specifically, we are designing scaffolds and mechanical loading bioreactors to present cells with healthy, injured, and diseased microenvironments. Our objectives are to engineer tissues as functional replacements and also as research platforms for the development of therapeutics to treat fibrosis and other aberrant musculoskeletal tissue conditions.

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