University of Technology Sydney

91560 Tissue Engineering Scaffolds

6cp; block
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Master of Science: Biomedical Engineering major


Tissue engineering is a radical new concept for the treatment of disease and injury. It involves the use of the technologies of molecular and cell biology, combined with those of advanced materials science and processing, in order to produce tissue regeneration. This subject outlines concepts underlying the development of biomaterial scaffolds and tissue engineering-based products, and aims to give students a theoretical and practical understanding of the tools available for developing such 'systems' as well as the biological, physical and chemical constraints of these systems.

This subject provides an introduction to the characterisation, analysis and design of biomaterials for the purposes of correcting deformities, restoring lost function or promoting tissue regeneration in the human body. The principles of materials science, specifically the fundamental structure–function relationships of biomaterials, are explored in relation to the use of materials in the body. The subject also examines properties of biomaterials as they relate to minimising corrosion, controlling degradation and tailoring cell–material interaction to guide cell growth and tissue regeneration. Topics include structural properties of materials, characterisation of materials, tissue responses to implants and designing materials for tissue engineering.

Laboratory classes are used to allow students to gain practical experience with computer-aided design software to design different scaffold materials and be involved in their 3D printing characterisation.

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