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SELECTBIO Conferences Organ-on-a-Chip and Body-on-a-Chip: In Vitro Systems Mimicking In Vivo Functions

Nancy Allbritton's Biography

Nancy Allbritton, Frank and Julie Jungers Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Bioengineering, University of Washington in Seattle

Nancy L. Allbritton is the Frank and Julie Jungers Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Her research focuses on the development of novel technologies for applications in single-cell analysis, micro-arrays and fluidics, and organ-on-chip and has resulted in over 180 full-length journal publications and patents and led to 15 commercial products. Her research program has been well funded by the National Institutes of Health with $60 million in grant funding since 1994. Four companies have been formed based on her research discoveries: Protein Simple (acquired by Bio-Techne in 2014 for $308M), Intellego (subsequently integrated into International Rectifier), Cell Microsystems (, and Altis Biosystems ( Dr. Allbritton is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering, and the National Academy of Inventors. She obtained her B.S. in physics from Louisiana State University, M.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and Ph.D. in Medical Physics/Medical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University.

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Microengineered Systems for Recapitulating Intestinal Function

Thursday, 7 July 2016 at 12:15

Add to Calendar ▼2016-07-07 12:15:002016-07-07 13:15:00Europe/LondonMicroengineered Systems for Recapitulating Intestinal

Technical advances are making it possible to create tissue microenvironments on platforms that are compatible with high-content screening strategies. We have developed a microfabricated device to enable culture of organized cellular structures possessing much of the complexity and function of intact intestinal tissue.  Single stem cells or crypts isolated from primary mouse intestine grow and persist indefinitely as organotypic structures containing all of the expected lineages of the intestinal epithelium. Our microengineered arrays and fluidic devices allow prolonged culture and experimental manipulation of these intestine-on-chip systems.  Millimeter-scale primary intestinal epithelium can be formed closely mimicking the polarized 3D in vivo microarchitecture of primary tissue. These systems can also be interrogated by a variety of techniques including fluorescence, immunohistochemistry and genetic analyses. The bioanalytical platforms are envisioned as next generation systems for high-throughput assays of drug- and toxin-interactions with the intestinal epithelia.

Add to Calendar ▼2016-07-07 00:00:002016-07-08 00:00:00Europe/LondonOrgan-on-a-Chip and Body-on-a-Chip: In Vitro Systems Mimicking In Vivo