Implantable medical devices are increasingly important in the practice of modern medicine. While the mechanical requirements of these implantable medical devices are fairly well characterized, almost all medical devices suffer to a different extent from adverse reactions, including inflammation, fibrosis, thrombosis and infection. This program focuses on the evaluation of the cellular and tissue compatibility of synthetic materials used as replacements for damaged or diseased human tissue. Polymeric, metallic, and ceramic materials are investigated for their ability to initiate the cellular activation, influence on cellular proliferation, differentiation and attachment. Facilities include a complete cell culture lab, fluorescent microscopy, protein and cell labeling equipment, gel electrophoresis and Western blotting apparatus, and ELISA.
BME faculty members associated with research field:
- Weiping Ren, Associate Professor