San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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Development and Assessment of a Textbook for Tissue Engineering Lab Instruction During the past ten years there has been a tremendous increase in the number ofbiomedical engineering / bioengineering (BME/BE) programs offering lecture courses intissue engineering (TE). Currently, nearly seventy percent of ABET accredited BME/BEprograms offer a TE lecture course, yet only roughly fifteen percent offer a labcomponent or separate lab course. Given that engineering is an applied field, the benefitsof hands-on lab experience are clear. Therefore, the small number of existing TE labcourses may be attributed to the relatively recent emergence of the field and the lack ofavailable instructional materials. A new textbook, written by the authors and entitled A Laboratory Course inTissue Engineering, will be published by Taylor Francis and CRC Press next year. Thelab manual is appropriate for upper-division undergraduates or graduate students withoutprior hands-on TE experience. The experiments contained within this lab manual arebased on both classic TE experiments, such as collagen gel contraction, and modern TEtechniques, for example, using substrate rigidity to modulate cell phenotype. Theexperiments emphasize the importance of engineering analysis, mathematical modeling,and statistical design of experiments. Over 15 standalone experiments provide more thana semester’s worth of activities, allowing the instructor to customize their course.Included experiments were selected based, in part, on whether they conform to a schedulecommonly used for undergraduate lab courses. In addition, most experiments use ashared set of equipment that is commonly found in labs equipped for tissue culture. Thispaper will provide an overview of course materials within the textbook and assessmentresults collected from students who have completed the experiments.
Micou, M. K., & Kilkenny, D. M. (2012, June), Development and Assessment of a Textbook for Tissue Engineering Lab Instruction Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21198
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