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Tissue engineering to abolish organ transplants

June 2, 2014

Science & Technology Desk

Research on producing functional heart tissues from stem cells, which could help eliminate the need for transplants and save lives, is of paramount importance.

An eminent Iranian scientist, Professor Ali Khademhosseini, is doing just that. He has carried out extensive research on developing biomedical microdevices and biomaterials.

Khademhosseini, 39, was born in Tehran, Iran. He received his PhD in bioengineering from MIT and his undergraduate and Master's, both in chemical engineering, from the University of Toronto.

He is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. He has devised a number of methods for controlling the stem cell microenvironment using microscale devices for tissue engineering.

With over 300 peer-reviewed publications, Khademhosseini has more than 200 invited presentations and 14 issued or pending patents in the fields of biomedicine and stem cell bioengineering.

As of July 2013, he has been cited more than 10,000 times and has an h-index of 52.

Mehr News Agency conducted an interview with Khademhosseini, excerpts from which follow:

What are your latest achievements in tissue and stem cell engineering?

KHADEMHOSSEINI: I'm working on production of functional heart tissues from stem cells, which could help save lives and eliminate the need for high-risk surgeries such as bypass.

How do you see the future of tissue engineering?

Developments in tissue engineering will abolish organ transplantation. Tissue engineering is a multidisciplinary field and researchers from different scientific areas study should cooperate to help patients.

Can stem cells cause different types of cancers?

It depends on the source of stem cells. There are some concerns about fetal stem cells, but laboratories mostly use adult stem cells.

Would you like to cooperate with Iranian research centers?

Yes, I am very interested in cooperating with Iranian scientists. There are many experts and specialists in Iran who are active in stem cell research

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Source: Iran Daily

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