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BME Seminar Series: James Ankrum, University of Iowa

Friday, February 22, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
245 Bevis Hall
1080 Carmack Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210
James Ankrum
Assistant Professor
Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering
Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center
Pappajohn Biomedical Institute
University of Iowa
"3D Spheroids for Obesity and Diabetes Research: Opportunities and  Obstacles"
Organoids, spheroids, and other 3D models have exploded as valuable tools for drug discovery and in vitro simulation of human physiology. Using a scaffold-free aggregation technique, we have developed and characterized organoids of interest to the obesity and diabetes field from primary human tissue samples. In this talk, we will explore the question ‘Do cues in the 3D environment matter?’ for human adipose tissue, pancreatic islets, and mesenchymal stem cells.  
James Ankrum is an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering. James got his undergraduate degree from the Univeristy of Iowa in Biomedical Engineering. He went on to earn his Masters from the University of Cambridge as the first Churchill Scholar ever selected from the University of Iowa. He went on to earn his PhD from MIT and in 2014 returned to the University of Iowa to run a research lab in the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center within the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute. Dr. Ankrum and his group use bioengineering strategies to enhance cell based therapies for regenerative medicine, develop tissue models for drug discovery, and engineer drug release technologies for controlled drug release.