Profile and Department: Professor, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto
Lab: Radisic Lab
Each year nearly 900,000 people in North America alone suffer from myocardial infarction. Tissue engineering may offer alternative treatment options or suitable models for studies of normal and pathological cardiac tissue function in vitro. My research program consists of several different projects that all fall under umbrella of cardiac tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Specifically we are developing new biomaterials and microsystems that enable cultivation of cardiac patches starting from cardiomyocytes derived from human pluripotent stem cells. In addition to potential therapeutic applications these engineered tissues could be useful models for drug testing.