Course Information

BE6703 Materials in Medicine

Credits: 3.00

The course focuses on the basic principles behind human-tissue response to artificial surfaces and materials; the general types of polymeric and metallic materials used in soft- and hard-tissue replacements; tissue engineering and drug-delivery devices; current approaches to the engineering of cell-based replacement for various tissues; techniques to control the physiologic response to artificial surfaces; critical review of current biomaterials literature; current research in the field; and evaluation of the design criteria that a material must meet for a given biological application and what is required for “biocompatibility.”

Prerequisites: Introductory undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry and physiology. Courses in polymers, biochemistry, molecular/cellular biology and immunology are helpful but are not essential.