Beyond the Scalpel:
Engineering Biomaterials and Stem Cells for In Utero Repair of Birth Defects
Aijun Wang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of the Department of Surgery,
U.C. Davis School of Medicine
Tuesday, November 25th
6:00 - 7:00 pm
University Union, Ballroom Room 1
The Sacramento State STEM Public Lecture Series welcomes Dr. Aijun Wang, professor at UC Davis’ School of Medicine. His talk titled "Beyond the Scalpel" will address engineering biomaterials and stem cells for in utero repair of birth defects.
Birth defects are the largest single cause of infant death in the United States and result in billions of dollars of healthcare costs. Fetal surgery has emerged as a promising new field with the demonstrated potential to produce better outcomes than postnatal surgery for various birth defects. Currently, our lab focuses on innovative, cross-disciplinary approaches combining bioengineering techniques with surgical procedures to improve the outcome of the fetal treatments and overcome the limitations of current treatment. We have utilized various biomaterials and stem cells to augment in utero repair of spina bifida, a devastating and common birth defect that often leaves afflicted children with lower-limb paralysis. Early results highlight fetal tissue engineering’s potential for functionally curing otherwise debilitating birth defects.
Aijun Wang, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Surgery, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in biology from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and did his postdoctoral training in bioengineering at UC Berkeley.
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