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Event Scheduled for Jul 29, 2014

Event: Ph.D. Dissertation Defense by Max Villa

Location: Biology/Physics Building, Room 130

Time: 02:00 pm

Details of Event:
In Vivo 2-Photon Microscopy and Collagen-Hydroxyapatite Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering

Major advisor: Dr. Mei Wei
Associate Advisors: Dr. David Rowe and Dr. Yusuf Khan
Committee members: Dr. George Rossetti and Dr. Harris Marcus

Cell-based bone tissue engineering has shown encouraging results in animal models and even a few human patients. This method could supplement or replace autologous (patient-derived) bone as a bone grafting material, with less damage to existing bone. However the factors that lead to the successful healing of bone injuries by cell-based tissue engineering are poorly understood and the optimal biomaterial for this task has not yet been identified. This dissertation will present: (i) the development of a live animal imaging model to visualize the healing process in a tissue engineered implant for bone regeneration and the novel observations found therein, (ii) the development of a sterile collagen-hydroxyapatite scaffold for consistent bone formation in vivo, (iii) the comparison of different methods of cell delivery to collagen-HA scaffolds in the context of bone formation in vivo, and (iv) the development of a novel porogen method to enhance the permeability of collagen-HA scaffolds and the usefulness of permeability as a scaffold design metric indicative of success or failure in vivo. These results have deepened our understanding of cell-based bone tissue engineering, biomaterial fabrication, and biomaterial design, and should improve the efficacy and consistency of cell-based bone tissue engineering.

Sponsored By: Materials Science and Engineering Department

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