Cell and Tissue Engineering
BME's Cell and Tissue Engineering-focused PhD program at Johns Hopkins offers an outstanding opportunity for graduate students to actively participate in research labs while they engage in fundamental studies, develop theoretical and analytical methods, & create new technologies to engineer cellular behavior.
One of the most exciting and rapidly growing areas in biomedical engineering, tissue engineering offers vast potential for changing traditional approaches to clinical treatment. And because so many tissues and organs are strong candidates for engineering reconstruction — including bone, cartilage, liver, pancreas, skin, blood vessel, and peripheral nerve — tissue engineering can help meet critical health care needs related to tissue and organ replacement. Tissue engineering systems also are being used as model systems to study cell behavior.
Tissue engineering uses biomaterials and cells to produce new tissues. Stem cells have infused great excitement in the field as a potentially powerful cell source to rebuild tissues. Significant research focuses on understanding and harnessing the power of stem cells and on developing new biomaterials to guide cell behavior.
Scientists must address many challenges before tissue engineering therapies reach clinical use and widespread application. Research in the Department of Biomedical Engineering ranges from fundamental studies to determine a cell’s response to its environment to developing applied technologies, including microfabrication, polymer and biomaterial synthesis, and drug and gene delivery.