Biomaterials and Regeneration Program

Focus

The Biomaterials and Regeneration Program explores how cells—in particular, stem cells and progenitor cells—are involved in the cardiac regeneration process and how this process can be manipulated and augmented. We are developing strategies to grow new cardiac muscle, to vascularize ischemic tissue, and to track regeneration therapies with imaging techniques. The use of biomaterials to control inflammation, scar formation and cardiac function is also being explored. Researchers are also interested in how the state of a patient’s disease, including diabetes, may affect the function of the repair cells and what methods might be useful to reverse this loss of function. This research has been recognized at the national and international level.