Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 03/17/2009
Tuesday, 03/17/2009
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Dr. Sarah Waters
Oxford University
Mathematical Institute

"Mathematical Models for Tissue Engineering Applications"


ABSTRACT


The broad goal of tissue engineers is to grow functional tissues and organs in the laboratory to replace those which have become defective through age, trauma, and disease and which can be used in drug screening applications. To achieve this goal, tissue engineers aim to control accurately the biomechanical and biochemical environment of the growing tissue construct, in order to engineer tissues with the desired composition, biomechanical and biochemical properties (in the sense that they mimic the in vivo tissue). The growth of biological tissue is a complex process, resulting from the interaction of numerous processes on disparate spatio-temporal scales. Advances in the understanding of tissue growth processes promise to improve the viability and suitability of the resulting tissue constructs. In this talk, I highlight some of our recent mathematical modelling work that aims to provide insights into tissue engineering applications.

BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND:

  • BA Hons Mathematics, University of Cambridge
  • Part III in Mathematics, University of Cambridge
  • PhD in Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds, with Prof Tim Pedley
  • Postdoctoral positions in Bioengineering departments at Northwestern University, and University of Michigan, followed by postdoctoral position at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge.
  • Faculty positions in School of Mathematics, University of Nottingham, followed by current position at Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford.

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Physiological fluid mechanics, tissue biomechanics, and the application of mathematics to medicine and biology.