Fabrication of Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering
Lahann Lab (w/ Prof. Joerg Lahann)
During my sophomore year at Michigan, I helped design several fluidic device prototypes in attempts to control fabrication of tissue engineering scaffolds. In addition, I designed and conducted experiments to characterize the prototypes and determine the best device. Using this device in conjunction with the lab's existing microfiber scaffold manufacturing process, I designed and fabricated novel scaffold architectures in efforts to create anisotropic tissue engineering scaffolds.
Next, over the summer as part of the SURE Program at Michigan, I designed and implemented a LabVIEW / CAD interface to expand the capabilities of the lab’s existing mechatronic manufacturing process for tissue engineering scaffolds. I then used these new capabilities to continue to innovate novel scaffold architectures.
Finally, over the course of my Junior year, I used the new capabilities of the lab's scaffold manufacturing process that I had implemented over the summer to continue to develop new scaffold architectures. I focused on optimizing these designs for the cell culture process used in the lab. I also worked on expanding the library of materials we could use for fabricating scaffolds as well as interfacing our previously designed fluidic devices (see Undergraduate Researcher below) with the scaffold fabrication system to realize further capabilities.