Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar

Friday, February 17 at 3:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Seamans Center, 1505 SC
103 South Capitol Street, Iowa City, Iowa

"Human Retinal Engineering: Controlling Biomaterial Chemistry, Structure and Mechanics for Optimization in the Posterior Eye" Kristan Worthington Postdoctoral Research Scholar University of Iowa Recent advances in stem cell technology have paved the way for the production of patient-specific neurons that are promising for cell replacement for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. In the case of retinal degeneration and associated photoreceptor cell therapy, polymer support scaffolds are critical for cellular survival and integration. In this talk, Dr. Worthington will discuss progress towards optimizing these biomaterials for the retina, including several strategies for controlling scaffold chemistry, structure and mechanics. Tailoring biomaterial properties for distinct tissue types will be considered, as will the use of emerging technologies such as two-photon polymerization. Her findings provide a foundation for using biomaterials to model retinal disease in the laboratory and to restore vision in the clinic. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Joshua Lobb in advance at or 319-384-0671.

Contact Info: Joshua Lobb,, 319-384-0671