There is extensive research in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering in the field of Regenerative Medicine. Multiple faculty are investigating cutting-edge approaches to replace, engineer, or regenerate tissues and/or organs. Approaches encompass functional tissue engineering and the use of molecular biology, bioreactors, biomechanics, cytomechanics, synthetic and extracellular matrix derived biomaterials and scaffolds, biomimetics, stem cells, and mechanobiology to engineer living tissues.
This highly interdisciplinary research area within BME takes advantage of the clinical expertise at UNC-Chapel Hill and other nearby human hospitals; as well as the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. Together with their clinical collaborators, faculty in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering address critical issues in regenerative medicine at both the basic and applied science level with emphasis on translational investigations to best improve patient care.