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Biomaterials for Stem Cell Morphogenesis

Promoting blood and lymphatic vasculatures is important for tissue engineering and can be used as therapeutic interventions to treat ischemia and lymphedema. We are studying the role of growth factors and extracellular matrices (ECMs) in blood and lymphatic vessel formation. We utilize bio-mimetic materials with spatial and temporal control for stem cells to undergo morphogenesis into vascular and lymphatic vasculatures.

We are applying this approach toward therapeutic interventions to treat ischemia and wound healing in animal models.