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We examine stem cell mechanobiology, i.e., the influence of intrinsic environmental properties (e.g., stiffness) on a cell’s decision to become one type of tissue or another. We mostly direct stem cells to become skeletal and cardiac muscle for therapeutic applications.
The FOE symposium was an outstanding opportunity to learn about many disparate disciplines of engineering and to brainstorm how my research could interact with or benefit from these areas. I developed a new perspective on several topics and networked with leaders in academia and industry, subsequently exploring new collaborative opportunities.