|Saadiq El-Amin, MD,Ph.D.|
The Laboratory for Tissue Engineering and Advanced Biomaterials at Southern Illinois University is headed by Dr. Saadiq El-Amin. Tissue engineering is emerging as a potential solution to many high demand tissue and organ transplantations as well as a multitude of other cutting edge applications including drug delivery and biomaterials formulation. The Tissue Engineering Lab at SIU has a dual focus on both regenerative medicine (tendon, bone and ligament) and tissue engineering projects. The Laboratory for Tissue Engineering and Advanced Biomaterials includes a polymer synthesis laboratory, a tissue culture laboratory, office space as well as a future imaging laboratory.
|Researchers L to R: Mia D. Woods, M.S. Ashim Gupta, M.S., and Joylene W.L.Thomas, M.D.|
Within the scope of the lab’s work, the improvement or replacement of biological functions is accomplished through the use of cells, engineering and materials methods, and suitable biochemical and physio-chemical factors. Current and future projects with which the lab is involved include collaborations with the departments of orthopaedics, OBGYN, Plastic Surgery, Cardiology, Oncology, Medical Microbiology, Immunology & Cell Biology and Electrical & Computer Engineering/Biomedical Engineering Program.