Stoney's British Pub
3007 Concord Pike
Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
“Accelerating Aging with Dynamic Biomaterials”
Aging is a multifaceted process that results in loss of tissue function and concomitant changes in the mechanical and structural properties of the polymeric materials that comprise our tissues. Simple cell culture models fail to capture these changes, making them poorly equipped to uncover new therapeutic approaches to restore tissue function in aged individuals. I will discuss efforts by my lab to develop new polymeric biomaterials with on-demand control of mechanical and structural properties to generate more faithful models of human tissue aging.