Engineering stem cells

Dr Issam Hussain, Senior Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences, is working with the School of Engineering to conduct research that has far-reaching implications in regenerative medicine.

Stem cells
Scanning Electron Microscope morphology of Mesenchymal stem cells after one day cell culture

 

Alongside Dr David Waugh, Professor Jonathan Lawrence and Chi Wai Chan, a visiting researcher from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Dr Hussain is using laser technology to manipulate the surface finish and chemistry of surfaces and materials on which stem cells are grown.

The research has shown laser surface treatment to be a potential means for modulating stem cell response in order to grow different cell types by simply laser-modifying the material surface. This has the potential to allow clinicians to grow tailored tissue and bone, rather than using an insufficient foreign object implant, increasing transplant effectiveness and efficiency. Endeavours into this field will ultimately allow medical staff to apply the technology to treat regenerative disorders.