Team Members, Advisors, & Collaborators

The Ligament Tissue Engineering Scaffold Team (LTE Scaffold) works closely with the LTE Surface Team (Tagged ‘Surface’ on the website’s 2012-2013 tab), though a definitive line of separation between the groups’ focuses is diligently maintained. Our core team consists of three members:

All three members of the core team are distinguished seniors in Lawrence Technological University’s Biomedical Engineering Program. We are all inducted members of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society and members of the Ligament Tissue Engineering ongoing research team:

John Schoenbeck’s advanced electives in BME include University Chemistry, Statics, Dynamics, Mechanical Systems, Circuits, Signals & Systems, Biochemical Electrical Physics, and Orthopedics. His summer research for the LTE team contributed to the group’s background in scaffold design and cellular fluorescent assays. John has been accepted to Michigan State University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD program and will begin research after graduation developing MRI applications for Molecular Physiology. John is also the recipient of MSU’s Distinguished University Fellowship.

Chris Lach’s advanced electives in BME include Circuits, Signals & Systems, Advanced Electronics, and Biomedical Device Design. His summer research for the LTE team contributed to the group’s background in biomaterials and electrospinning technology. Chris plans to spend some time in the field before pursuing a masters degree in Cardiology at the University of Arizona.

Reem Daher-Nahhas’s advanced electives in BME include University Chemistry, Statics, Mechanical Systems, Linear Algebra, Nanotechnology, Biomedical Device Design, and Orthopedics. Her summer research for the LTE team contributed to the group’s background in mechanical characterization methods and micro-scale imaging systems. Reem plans to establish a career as a Biomedical Engineer before pursuing a Masters in Biomechanics in the future.

The team’s advisors are both heavily involved members of the LTE research project:

Dr. Yawen Li is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at LTU and the primary faculty adviser for past, present, and future LTE senior members. She supports both teams academically, technically, and financially – which we are eternally grateful for being college seniors with relatively no spare cash to spend on intensely expensive bio-assay materials. Dr. Li’s knowledge of materials science, transport phenomena, and cellular bioengineering are a direct factor in the team’s success in developing a successful and meaningful project.

Tristan Maerz is the originator of the LTE research project and has served as the primary technical adviser for the last three years. He is the director of sports medicine research at Beaumont Hospital’s Orthopedic Research Laboratory, and provides several projects groups with access to materials testing systems, micro-computed tomography, and other resources that would typically be very difficult or expensive to secure. Tristan’s experience with software programming and tissue engineering provide valuable tools for data analysis and conceptual understanding of the cellular mechanisms and dynamics involved in scaffold structural design.

The team would also like to thank our growing list of collaborators:

The Lawrence Technological University Faculty Research Seed Grant for their financial support of our >$1000 budget, thank you so much!

Sam Tuck & Dr. Joseph Corey from the University of Michigan Neuroscience Laboratory, who provide us with the nanofibers we use to conduct our experiments.

Dr. Zweisler-Vollick & Dean Hsiao-Ping Moore from Lawrence Technological University’s Arts & Sciences Program, who assist us with handling the more complex issues related to cellular bio-compatibility and assay techniques in addition to providing us with access to their cell culture laboratory and equipment.

Dr. Kevin Baker, the director of Beaumont’s Ortho Lab and an adjunct professor at Lawrence Technological University.

Dr. Eric G. Meyer, assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University, who provided us with the roller guide for our fiber braiding clamp as well as access to micro-CT equipment at Michigan State University.

Dr. Robert Wiseman, Michigan State Universtiy faculty contact for micro-CT

Emily Boggs, Manan Patel, and Ahmad Arabi – The Ligament Tissue Engineering Surface Modification team, who coupled with us to feed cells and conduct standard curves and cell imaging in our biocompatibility experiments.

Joseph Seta, an LTU graduate and former member of the LTE projects team for his insight on determining fiber cross-sections, and for his role in coordinating and training team members on the use of the scanning electron microscope and materials testing systems.

Martha Thompson – LTU Electrical & Computer Engineering Laboratory Coordinator, who ordered all of our kits and raw materials for our fabrications and experiments.

Dr. Hongjie Wang – Xi’an Jiaotong University Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering, for collecting our porosimetry data.

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