CELL SHEET TISSUE ENGINEERING CENTER @ THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

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LAB MEMBERS

Meet our CSTEC@Utah Team

TERUO OKANO, PHD

Director

Professor Teruo Okano is currently an Emeritus Professor at Tokyo Women’s Medical University (TWMU) in Tokyo, Japan. He is also a distinguished adjunct professor in the University of Utah Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and is the co-director of CSTEC@Utah. 
He pioneered cell sheet engineering technology by developing the temperature-responsive polymer coated dishes necessary for creating and harvesting cell sheets.

DAVID GRAINGER, PHD

Director

Professor David Grainger is a University Distinguished Professor in Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah. He is also a co-director of CSTEC@Utah.
Grainger has helped co-found 3 biomedical technology companies, sits on the Scientific Advisory boards for 4 biomedical companies, and actively consults internationally with industries in applications of materials in biotechnologies and medicine.

MIME EGAMI

Adjunct Professor

Professor Egami is an Adjunct Professor in the department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Utah. She has been acting as Chief Medical Innovation Officer and Visiting Professor at the Tokyo Women's Medical University and Waseda University Joint Institute of Biomedical Sciences (TWIns) for 10 years. Professor Egami is also the Vice Chair of Industry Committee for the Japan Society of Regenerative Medicine and a board member for TERMIS. She has 20 year experience in the field of global corporate finance advisory at international financial institutions.

KYUNGSOOK KIM, PHD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Kyungsook Kim is a research assistant professor in the University of Utah Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. She received her PhD at TWIns where she was focused on 3-D functional hepatic tissue fabrication to treat liver disease. She is now focused on the development of allogeneic cell sheet application for various treatments at the University of Utah.

GORO KURAMOTO, MD PHD

Visiting Scientist

Dr. Kuramoto is a visiting scientist at the University of Utah in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

HALLIE THORP

Graduate Research Assistant

Hallie is a fourth year Biomedical Engineering PhD student at the University of Utah. She received her BS in biomedical engineering with a concentration in technology innovation from Boston University in 2015. Her PhD thesis focuses on developing allogeneic cell sheets for clinically translational articular cartilage regeneration. She received the Whitaker International Fellowship in 2016/2017, and completed a year of her research (May 2017-2018) at TWIns in Tokyo, Japan under the guidance of Professor Takanori Iwata.

SOPHIA BOU-GHANNAM

Graduate Research Assistant

Sophia is a fourth year Biomedical Engineering PhD student at the University of Utah. She received her BS in biomedical engineering from the University of Florida in 2015. Her PhD thesis focuses on developing allogeneic cell sheets for clinically translational cardiac regeneration. She received the Whitaker International Fellowship in 2017/2018 and completed a year of her research (December 2017-2018) at TWIns in Tokyo, Japan under the guidance of Professor Katsuhisa Matsura.

CELIA DUNN

Graduate Research Assistant

Celia is a second year biomedical engineering PhD student at the University of Utah. She received her BS in biomedical engineering with a concentration in electrical engineering from University of Rhode Island in 2017. Her PhD thesis focuses on developing dopamine neuron cell sheets for treatment of Parkinson's Disease.

Past Members

  • Nakao Mitsuyoshi: visiting Masters student researcher from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan.

  • Masanori Takaira: visiting Masters student researcher from TWIns in Tokyo, Japan.

 

COLLABORATORS

CRAIG SELZMAN, MD

Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah

CHARLES SALTZMAN, MD

Professor and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Utah

TRAVIS MAAK, MD

Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah and Head Orthopaedic Team Physician for the Utah Jazz

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