Micro- and nanofabrication for studies of cells and biomaterials
We develop fabrication techniques and material assembly methods to create structures and environments which can be used to control and study mammalian cells.
In this context, structures with dimensions similar to a size of a single cell (~10µm) and in the size of cellular components (<100nm) are interesting.
What sets our approach apart from other studies in the field, is a focus on robust, inexpensive and high throughput fabrication methods, as cell biology research often requires large area, single use devices. We also study nature inspired nano-composites, such as mineralized hydrogels, inspired by the structure of bone. We aim at mimicking some of the properties of bone by control of the mineralization of biopolymer hydrogels.