Frontiers in Tissue Engineering

Module Title - Frontiers in Tissue Engineering
Number of credits – 10

Module description

This module defines the area of tissue engineering from an interdisciplinary viewpoint and explains key concepts that are important for those working within the healthcare technology and formulation engineering disciplines.  A focus is placed on the latest research and technological advances in the field, however suitable introductory material is covered to enable students new to the topic to digest this material.  This module aims to explain how engineers have and will continue to contribute a central role to this exciting and flourishing field.

The fundamentals of cell biology, immunology, organogenesis and regenerative medicine will be covered to equip the student with the necessary knowledge and language to understand key concepts within tissue engineering.  Structure function relationships of materials will be discussed in the context of regenerative applications and important approaches and tools to engineer tissue will be presented using examples from the literature. 

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Describe how advances in human biology are important for the engineer as well as the biologist;
  • Be able to understand and apply the technologies and tools developed in this area to enhance progress in engineering; and
  • Demonstrate an awareness that the engineer must be able to communicate and work effectively with scientists, engineers and clinicians from other disciplines.