CellScale BlogWelcome to our blog page! This is split into different series of stories. Check out the In the Lab series where we catch up with researchers using CellScale systems. Caleb's Corner is where our president pens his insights on the industry. Finally the Product Launch series introduces the latest in CellScale R&D. Enjoy browsing!
CellScale User Publication Highlight: Investigating the Venous Valve Tissue Mechanical Properties and ECM
Dr. Hsiao-Ying Shadow Huang from North Carolina State University made great advances in this paper. Utilizing the BioTester, SEM and light microscope, Dr. Huang and her team were able to characterize bovine jugular venous valve tissue for their biaxial mechanical properties and tissue microstructure.
In this research from Dr Taylor Ware and his team at the University of Texas at Dallas, small hydrogels of chromonic properties morph into programmed shapes in response to pH and temperature stimuli.
CellScale attends ASEE2019 in Tampa, Florida on June 15-19! We will be showcasing the UniVert Classroom – the ultimate learning kit that teaches about mechanical properties of biomaterials.
Dr Giuliano Scarcelli from the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland presents his research on localized-CXL within and beyond the irradiated treatment area.
CellScale User Publication Highlight: IVD Regenerative Medicine featuring Pullulan Microbeads in an Injectable System
Dr Catherine Le Visage from the Université de Nantes in France shares part of her major research into regenerative medicine to treat intervertebral disc degeneration disease. Her group at INSERM created an injectable system that deliver growth factors through the use of microbeads and tested the system in vitro.
CellScale interviews Dr. Peter Hammer from the Boston Children’s Hospital about his unique role as an engineer at the hospital working directly with the cardiac surgeons, and his work with the BioTester.
We are giving away a new FitBit Ionic watch to our customers! Read more to learn how to win!
Dr. Kurniawan and his team at Eindhoven University of Technology develops an image-based approach to the common uniaxial ring test for mechanical characterization of soft materials and biological tissues.
CellScale User Publication Highlight: An Engineered Meniscus with Zone-specific Biochemical Composition
Dr Vasif Hasirci and his team at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey has created a 3D printed PCL/hydrogel construct of a meniscus. Read more about the details here, including their dynamic stress test on the constructs.
CellScale User Publication Highlight: Collagenous Bioscaffolds for the Treatment of Cutaneous Wounds
Prof Lauren Flynn at Western University creates a 3D collagenous bioscaffold comprised of DAT and COL bead foams to address the need for a better treatment of chronic or non-healing skin wounds.
Biomaterials research teams often have members from engineering, biology, medicine, and other fields. For non-engineers it can be easy to understand why mechanical properties are important, but testing can seem complex and confusing. Here’s a quick framework to help you get started.
German Parada and his team from Zhao Lab at MIT used the UStretch to create hydrogels that can exceed a fatigue threshold of 1000 J/m2.
CellScale User Publication Highlight: A Platform for Generation of Chamber-Specific Cardiac Tissues and Disease Modeling
Yimu Zhao (MASc.) and her team at the University of Toronto developed a unique tissue cultivation and drug testing platform called the “Biowire II”. Find out how the MicroTester played a part in this significant invention!
CellScale User Publication Highlight: Investigating regional variations in the biaxial mechanical properties of heart valve leaflets
Dr Chung-Hao Lee and his cardiovascular biomechanics team in the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma uses the CellScale BioTester to further research on porcine atrioventricular heart valve leaflets.
CellScale User Publication Highlight: Characterization of single crystalline austenitic stainless steel thin struts processed by laser powder bed fusion
Mr Xianglong Wang from McGill University shares his findings and phenomenon discovery on experimenting with single crystalline austenitic steel struts.
So, you’re an engineer, technologist, or DIY maker. Should you build or buy the tools you need? It may depend on your priorities. Caleb Horst from CellScale provides insights based on his experiences buying, building and selling laboratory research equipment.
CellScale User Publication Highlight: Scanningless and continuous 3D bioprinting of human tissues with dECM
In a recent article published in JOURNAL, Dr. Claire Yu from the University of California San Diego reports on her success with bioprinting dECM structures while working as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Prof. Shaochen Chen. She made good use of the CellScale MicroTester to evaluate mechanical properties.
CellScale chats with Kellen Chen from the Cardiac Biomechanics Group within the lab of Professor Jeff Holmes at the University of Virginia. Kellen is studying the effects of mechanical stimulation on tendon healing using the MechanoCulture B1.