Cardiac and Skeletal Muscle Tissue Engineering

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Cardiac and Skeletal Muscle Tissue Engineering

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Department Name: Biomedical Engineering

Position: Cardiac and Skeletal Muscle Tissue Engineering

Description: The research will involve use of novel microfabrication techniques for production of hydrogel scaffolds, design of new bioreactors for electromechanical stimulation of tissue constructs, and implantation of engineered tissues in animal models. Functional tests will include optical mapping of action potentials and intracellular calcium transients and measurements of viscoelastic and contractile properties of tissue constructs. Mouse embryonic stem cell derived cardiomyocytes and cardiovascular progenitors, as well as primary neonatal rat cardiomyocytes and skeletal myoblasts are currently utilized in the project.

Requirements: Qualifications include PhD in biomedical engineering or other relevant areas of biomedical sciences. The ideal candidate will be a skilled writer, self-motivated, independent, and possess training in areas of tissue engineering, biomaterials, and mechanical or electrophysiological testing. Skills and experience in immunohistochemistry, stem and primary cell culture, molecular biology and biochemical techniques are desired.

Additional Information: position is NIH funded and available immediately

Deadline to Apply: 3/01/09

Contact Name:   Nenad Bursac
Contact Phone:  919-660-5510
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