Crystal Templated Polysaccharide HydrogelsChristine E. Schmidt, University of Texas at Austin, DMR 0805298 To meet the demand for donor organs researchers in the field of regenerative medicine are developing man-made constructs that combine polymer scaffolds with living cells. Our lab focuses on hydrogels, which, like natural tissues, are composed of water and macromolecular components, exhibit soft mechanical properties, possess open pores, and are permeable to oxygen. Here he have used a novel crystal-templating method to fabricate biodegradable hydrogels with a three-dimensional porous architecture. These hydrogels exhibit clearly defined pores, illuminated in green, that can accommodate infiltration of protein and living cells. This project is a step forward in the fabrication of materials that exhibit complex and biomimetic architectures. Image the gel’s pores by confocal microscopy Gels are cytocompatible
Crystal Templated Polysaccharide HydrogelsChristine E. Schmidt, University of Texas at Austin, DMR 0805298 • Focus on community service to educate young students and the average citizen about engineering, science, and technology. • Lab tour for an Austin area homeschooled science team. • Introduced elementary school kids to biomedical engineering through activities in our lab. • Dr Schmidt lectured to the Westminster Manor Retirement Center. (Top) Graduate students give a guided tour of the Schmidt lab to a homeschooled science team. (Left) Dr. Schmidt is welcomed by many guests of the Westminster Manor.