Engineering microcapsules for stem cell cultivation and transplantation
Research Grant Recipient: Alexander Revzin, PhD
Award Value: $249,998
Research Focus: Diabetes
Project Summary: The goal of this project is to develop microcapsules that could be used as cell carriers during differentiation of stem cells into pancreatic islets. These same capsules may also be useful as vehicles for islet transplantation. Developing this technology will enable better scale-up of islet production from stem cells, may result in cost reduction, and may also alleviate problems associated with immune rejection of transplanted islets.
Dr. Revzin is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic. He is an associate editor for Microsystems & Nanoengineering (a Nature Group Journal) and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.