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Daniel X.B. Chen, Ph.D. P.Eng

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Leader of the Tissue Engineering Research Group

Text Box: 	Opens for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, and Postdoctorates in the above Areas of Interest 

If you are interested, please send me your curriculum vitae and a description of your research interests/plan to Dr. Chen at xbc719@mail.usask.ca

Eligibility Requirements: Highly motivated individual with B.Sc./M.Sc. or Ph.D. in engineering, medicine, or a related area, and strong written and oral communication skills. Research experience in tissue engineering, bio-fabrication, mechatronics, and/or control systems is an asset. [Posted in 2013]
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Areas of Interest

v  Tissue Engineering and Scaffold Fabrication

v  Piezoactuators and Nano-Positioning

v  Tool Condition Monitoring and Tool Replacement

 

 

Department of Mechanical Engineering 
57 Campus Drive 
Saskatoon SK S7N 5A9 
Canada
 

Telephone....(306) 966-1267 
Fax..............  (306) 966-5427 
Email...........xbc719@mail.usask.ca

 

4 PhDs and 1 PDF Immediate Opens in the following tissue engineering project [Posted in 2013]

(for highly motivated individual with B.Sc./M.Sc. or Ph.D. in tissue engineering or medicine)

Millions of people suffer from peripheral nerve injuries, osteoarthritis, and/or stroke. Peripheral nerve injuries result from a variety of traumatic causes and lead to loss of sensation and movement in the affected limb or body region. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease characterized by progressive erosion of the articular (joint) cartilage. A stroke is the rapid loss of brain function(s) due to a disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. The conventional treatment approaches for these conditions involve, respectively, surgically realigning nerve endings, replacing joints with prosthetic implants of steel or other artificial materials, and endovascular treatment by selective coining. However, the level of recovery following these treatments is highly variable and the return of function is almost never complete.

The use of biodegradable scaffolds/stents shows promise for peripheral nerve repair, cartilage repair, and stroke treatment. We believe significant advances in these techniques can be made by engineering biodegradable scaffolds/stents with carefully controlled microstructure and microscopic arrangements of bioactive agents. To this end, our group will develop novel methods to advance the theoretical and practical basis of producing biodegradable scaffolds/stents for the aforementioned applications. These advanced scaffolds/stents will be tested first for their ability to promote tissue regeneration in culture dishes, then in animal models. We will also develop synchrotron-based biomedical imaging technologies as a way to characterize both tissue samples and the scaffolds/stents developed, with the ultimate goal of using them to monitor the success of scaffolds/stents as applied to human patients. As such, the proposed research directly addresses the priority research areas of Health Needs of Specific Populations and Synchrotron-Based Health Research.