Biomedical & Health Research

Biomedicine & Health

Device Grows 3D Tissues
Microfluidic devices create a realistic environment for customizing more effective drug treatments.

Drs. Woo Lee, Hongjun Wang, and Joung-Hyun Lee are coordinating a multi-disciplinary effort to develop and fully explore the potential of novel microfluidic device systems that promise an entirely new tissue culture protocol that may one day replace the traditional petri dish in labs worldwide.

Safer Orthopedic Implants
Cutting edge biomaterials make implant surfaces resist bacteria to increase patient outcomes.

Professor Matthew Libera introduces innovative hydrogel-treated surfaces, ones which may dramatically reduce the risk of infection that often occurs during orthopedic implant procedures.

Collaborating across disciplines with Dr. Libera, Biomedical Engineering undergraduate Aidan Zerdoum describes using a Focused Ion Beam to determine what antibacterial treatment is most effective in a biofilm.

Inkjet printer develops antibiotics
Infection-resistant orthopedic implants combat biofilms.

Despite the tremendous improvements in orthopedic implant procedures, hospital-acquired bacterial infection is the dominant cause of implant failure and causes significant patient trauma in addition to a healthcare burden of $3 billion annually to the U.S. economy each year. Stevens infection-resistant orthopedic research explores the inkjet printing of drug-eluting, bioresorbable micropatterns onto the surface of orthopedic implants, as a novel means of preventing bacterial infection of the implants, also known as “biofilm formation.”