Cellular and biomolecular engineering forms the underpinning of molecular medicine. Areas include tissue engineering, immune engineering, systems biology, genomics, the synthesis of biomaterials that modulate tissue responses, development of smart drug delivery matrices, the design of therapeutic macromolecules, gene therapy and many others. At The University of Texas at Austin, we have a core of faculty that has established an outstanding record of scientific accomplishment and technological innovation. Several successful companies have sprung from research conducted by University of Texas at Austin's biomedical engineering faculty, including Pharmacyclics, Therasense and Focal, among othersl.
- Biopolymers in Drug/Gene Delivery
- Engineering Biomaterials
- Nanomedicine in Health Care
- Stem Cell Engineering
- Systems Immunology
- Bioinspired Organ Mimicry
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...