The Biomedical Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin fosters a culture of innovation where critical thinking and creativity through research, leading toward the improvement of disease diagnosis and treatment.
Advances in health care are driven by individuals with interdiscplinary education and training that spans the fields of engineering, biology, and high-performance computing. Our goals include educating undergraduate and graduate students in the fundamentals of engineering and science as they relate medicine and performing multidisciplinary, disease-oriented research at the molecular and cellular levels.
Gut-on-a-Chip Could Hold the Key to Treating IBD
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a chronic intestinal inflammatory disease; the chief types of IBD are Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis. IBD affects roughly 1.6 million people in the United States. Dr. Hyun Jung Kim has received funding to start up his Gut-on-a-Chip research, which simulates the microenvironment of a living human intestine. The goal of this research is to demonstrate chemically induced intestinal inflammation. Then, he and his team will test potential therapeutics to reduce the inflammation. Read more...