The Black Sheep Pub
247 S. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Wilf Family Term Assistant Professor, Bioengineering (BE), University of Pennsylvania
“Mimicking Human Organs on a Chip”
Remarkable progress in life science and technology in the past century has advanced our fundamental understanding of the human body beyond our imagination. The ever-increasing knowledge of human anatomy and biology, however, has done surprisingly little to improve the way we emulate and probe the complex inner workings of the human body. Even today, our ability to model human physiological systems relies on the century-old practice of cell culture or animal experimentation that has raised signiﬁcant scientiﬁc, economic, and ethical concerns. The paucity of predictive and human-relevant model systems is emerging as a critical impediment to our scientiﬁc endeavors for a wide variety of biomedical applications. This talk will present interdisciplinary research efforts in my laboratory to develop microengineered in vitro models that can emulate the structural and functional complexity of human organs. Speciﬁcally, I will talk about i) bioinspired microsystems that mimic the alveoli and airways of the human lung during health and disease, ii) microengineering of vascularized and perfusable 3D human tissues, iii) a blinking eye-on-a-chip microdevice that emulates the ocular surface of the human eye, and iv) microengineered physiological models of human reproductive organs.