By Christopher Moraes (Canada Research Chair in Advanced Cellular Microenvironments, Dept. Chemical Engineering, McGill)
How do we grow from a clump of cells into precisely-sculpted, functional tissues and organs? Mechanical forces must play a central role during development and disease, but the tools to measure, manipulate and recreate these physical factors have lagged far behind the explosive growth of molecular biology paradigms. This lecture will discuss how engineering and biology collide during research so we can ‘watch’ mechanics occur in biological systems; and then apply those insights towards healthcare challenges including designing drug screening platforms, manufacturing biotherapeutics and identifying high-risk patients.
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