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Ep. 234: “Engineered Tissue Assembly” Featuring Dr. Boyang Zhang

By January 24, 2023April 25th, 2023No Comments


Dr. Boyang Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University. His lab uses advanced biofabrication techniques to build human micro-tissue models for predictive drug discovery and to construct functional macro-tissues for tissue regeneration in patients. He talks about building microfluidic devices for biological applications and using machine learning to study organoid morphology. He also talks about his team’s high-throughput system for vascularizing tissue spheroids and his experience starting a company to commercialize this technology.

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The Stem Cell Science Round Up

The Segmentation Clock and Wavefront in Somitogenesis – Researchers used 3D hPSC culture systems to study human somitogenesis in vitro.

Gene Therapy for Cardiac Regeneration – Tissue-regeneration enhancer elements isolated from zebrafish deliver YAP to boost heart tissue regeneration in mice.

Aging Markers in Children Conceived Through Assisted Reproduction – Children born following blastocyst-stage embryo transfer had shorter leukocyte telomeres than those conceived spontaneously.

Engineering Cell Adhesion Molecules – Scientists engineered cells containing customized adhesion molecules that bound with specific partner cells in predictable ways to form complex multicellular ensembles.

Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Boyang Zhang

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