Research Paper Co-Authored by Dean Brookstein and Professor Govindaraj Presented at International IEEE Conference

A research paper co-authored in part by David Brookstein, Sc.D., executive dean for University Research, and Muthu Govindaraj, engineering professor and program director, was presented Sept. 1 at the 32nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The research paper, “Textile-Templated Electrospun Anisotropic Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine,” addresses a novel approach for a bioactive cardiac patch based on a combination of biomedical and textile manufacturing techniques in concert with nano-biotechnology-based tissue engineering stratagems.

The paper draws on research being conducted jointly at Philadelphia University’s Biomedical Textile Structures Laboratory (BTSL) and the College of Medicine at Drexel University. Faculty and students are developing and testing biomedical textile devices using a variety of nanofiber platforms and applications.

Brookstein and Govindaraj co-authored the paper with Hatice Gozde Senel-Ayaz, Anat Perets and Peter Lelkes of Drexel University. Senel-Ayaz, a doctoral candidate, presented the paper at the conference on Wednesday morning.

The technological goal addressed in the research paper is to create BioNanoTextiles™ (BNT) by using “conventional” fabrics as templates for creating three-dimensional nanofibrous scaffolds.

“We are pleased to share the collaborative research between Philadelphia University and Drexel University in front of the international biomedical engineering community,” said Brookstein. “Our research is advancing the use of nano-biotechnology-based tissue engineering for cardiac and other medical repair procedures.”

The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of electrical engineering. The annual conference for the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, with the theme “Merging Medical Humanism and Technology,” includes lectures, symposia, workshops and sessions on the latest significant findings and developments in all the major fields of biomedical engineering.

Dr. Yah-El Harel, a senior post-doctorate chemical engineer who received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, will begin working with Brookstein, Govindaraj and other researchers in the BTSL and at Drexel University this week. She has research experience in tissue engineering and recently was part of a Johns Hopkins research program to treat metastatic ovarian cancer.

The BTSL is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Textiles and Apparel.

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