Hyun-Wook Kang, Ph.D., instructor, oversees the 3-D printer that will be used to print miniature organs for the Body on a Chip system.
A combination microscope and incubator is used to image tissue over time. This technology will allow scientists to optimize the engineering of organ structures that will form the “Body on a Chip.”
Ivy Mead, B.S., doctoral student, views cellular images from the microscope.
Developed by scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, this system of pumps and fluid channels houses miniature tissues samples that can be exposed to toxins as well as potential treatments. The ultimate goal is to evaluate heart, lung, liver and blood vessel tissue.
Aleks Skardal, Ph.D., post-doctoral fellow, assembles part of the Body on a Chip system.
Whether it's the Ebola virus or Sarin and Ricin, a key to responding to chemical or biological attacks is having effective antidotes at the ready. To accelerate the development of new therapies, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine is leading a unique $24 million federally funded project to develop a "body on a chip" that will be used to develop these countermeasures.