School of Advanced Technologies in Medicine

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Actually Biomaterial Engineering lies at the intersection of physical and life sciences, incorporating the principles from physics, chemistry, and material science to understand the operation of living systems and replicate their functions in the form of an artificial implants or prosthetic.

Department of Biomaterial, Nanotechnology, and Tissue Engineering offers a world-class venue for biomedical engineering research and graduate training where engineers and clinicians work together on addressing unmet needs in treatment of major diseases and health conditions. Biomaterial, Nanotechnology, and Tissue Engineering department of school of ATiM was established in 2001 with primary focus on four core research areas:

  1. Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine;
  2. Drug delivery and nanotechnology;
  3. Biomaterials synthesis and characterizations;
  4. Developing 3D printers for tissue engineering applications.

By combining biomimetic scaffolds with novel cell sources, Biomaterial department in the School of ATiM is striving at generating complex tissues regeneration. This Department is highly interdisciplinary as research is positioned at the intersection of engineering, biology and medicine. Located near Al-Zahra Training Hospital, stakeholders in the school work in close collaboration with the hospital physicians to translate the developed materials and structures towards clinical use.

The departments core research missions are to conduct cutting-edge research in bone and cartilage tissue engineering, biosensors, and drug delivery systems. The department has also heavily invested in additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology and their applications in tissue engineering and biosensor applications. Developing Micro-Patterns and flexible electrodes such as the images shown below via combination of electrospinning and 3D-printing is another line of research at the department with applications in bio-sensing and cell culture studies.

 

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(a) A gold pattern printed onto PET flexible substrate with nominal distance of 500µm between each line, (b) The flexible and transparent PET electrode used for solar cell fabrications