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Emerging biomaterials for translational medicine

Edited by: Prof Jeong-Yeol Yoon

The well-studied tissue interaction with biomaterials has inspired a blossoming field of alternative uses for these substrates. Current methods for scaffold fabrication include hydrogels, 3D printed biocompatible materials, and other bio-inspired tissue engineered implants. Traditional study of such biomaterials has primarily focused on the implants used in vivo. The recent surge in alternative uses for biomaterials has pushed for the investigation of intravenous drug and gene delivery carriers and the use of biomaterials for lab-on-a-chip (LOC) applications, particularly stem cell differentiation and cancer studies. This thematic series highlights these exciting new trends in biomaterials.

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript for this thematic series, please contact the series editor, Jeong-Yeol Yoon, with a title and an abstract. The series will run throughout 2015.

This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Guest Editors declare no competing interests.

  1. Research

    Collective cell migration of smooth muscle and endothelial cells: impact of injury versus non-injury stimuli

    Cell migration is a vital process for growth and repair. In vitro migration assays, utilized to study cell migration, often rely on physical scraping of a cell monolayer to induce cell migration. The physical act...

    Kaitlyn R. Ammann, Katrina J. DeCook, Phat L. Tran, Valerie M. Merkle, Pak K. Wong and Marvin J. Slepian

    Journal of Biological Engineering 2015 9:19

    Published on: 15 October 2015

  2. Review

    Recent advances in 3D printing of biomaterials

    3D Printing promises to produce complex biomedical devices according to computer design using patient-specific anatomical data. Since its initial use as pre-surgical visualization models and tooling molds, 3D ...

    Helena N Chia and Benjamin M Wu

    Journal of Biological Engineering 2015 9:4

    Published on: 1 March 2015

  3. Research

    TGF-β1 conjugated chitosan collagen hydrogels induce chondrogenic differentiation of human synovium-derived stem cells

    Unlike bone tissue, articular cartilage regeneration has not been very successful and has many challenges ahead. We have previously developed injectable hydrogels using photopolymerizable chitosan (MeGC) that ...

    Jinku Kim, Brian Lin, Soyon Kim, Bogyu Choi, Denis Evseenko and Min Lee

    Journal of Biological Engineering 2015 9:1

    Published on: 14 January 2015

  4. Methodology

    Large area micropatterning of cells on polydimethylsiloxane surfaces

    Precise spatial control and patterning of cells is an important area of research with numerous applications in tissue engineering, as well as advancing an understanding of fundamental cellular processes. Poly ...

    Mahmoud E Moustafa, Venkat S Gadepalli, Ahmed A Elmak, Woomin Lee, Raj R Rao and Vamsi K Yadavalli

    Journal of Biological Engineering 2014 8:24

    Published on: 24 October 2014

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