Work in our lab connects chemical and biological engineering with developmental biology with a larger aim of recreating human organ development using stem cells. Students will employ advanced biomaterials and tissue engineering approaches to deliver signaling gradients to stem cells so to induce precise and quantitative patterns mimicking organ formation in vivo. Projects include: studying early human embryo development (the first cell fates in the human embryo, implantation of the embryo into the uterus, placenta development), human gut health and disease (modeling intestinal morphogenesis, gut-microbiome interface, etc), and vasculogenesis (the development of blood vessels in the context of various organs).
Name of Lab: Laboratory of Synthetic Human Organogenesis
Direct Supervisor: Mijo Simunovic
Hours per week: 40 hr/week
Position type: On site
Qualifications: Basic (bio) wet lab skills
Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Master's
SEAS students only: No