Announcements: April, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. McCain!! April 28th, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Megan McCain who has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California! She will arrive in LA to start building her laboratory at USC in Jan 2014. Congrats to Professor McCain!!

Welcome to the DBG!! April 17th, 2013

Welcome to the DBG!! April 15, 2013
The DBG would like to welcome Roza Mahmoodian, who joins us as a postdoctoral fellow from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lab for Material Chemomechanics, under the direction of Professor Krystyn J. Van Vliet. We also welcome Hyojin Ko from Sogang University in Korea as a visiting student. The DBG is excited to have both joining the group! Welcome.

Images from the DBG April 17th, 2013

Ventricular cardiomyocytes from neonatal rats can be cultured on substrates coated with extracellular matrix proteins anisotropically. These cardiomyocytes can grow according to spatial cues provided by proteins attached to a substrate. Soft-lithography allows for customizable, micron-scale protein patterns to be “stamped” onto a substrate. This allows for building tissues that more closely resemble their orzanization in vivo. This image shows cardiomyocytes aligned to 10 micron wide lines of fibronectin separated by 10 micron wide lines of fibronectin at a lower concentration.
Photo by Borna Dabiri