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4D printed programmable release capsules for spatial control of differentiation in 3D printed cardiac tissue

Basic Science Research Grant

Research Grant Recipient: Michael McAlpine, PhD

Grant Period: 2017-2019

Award Value: $249,998

Site: University of Minnesota

Summary: Using stem cells to repair damaged heart tissue is a promising, but complex area of research. Dr. McAlpine’s research aims to take a significant step forward by creating a "4D printed" system to deliver the biochemicals that tell stem cells where to go, when to grow, and what kind of cells to develop into so that they can regenerate specific kinds of tissues in the heart in an orchestrated manner.

Michael McAlpine, PhD, is the Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including the 2017 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, 2016 NAS Kavli Frontiers Fellow, 2016 Moore Inventor Fellows Finalist, 2015 Extreme Mechanics Letters (EML) Young Investigator Award, and the 2015 SPIE Nanoengineering Pioneer Award.