Kiara Cui

Doctoral Candidate

Cookeville, Tennessee
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Co-Advisor: Professor Alex Dunn

Education B.S. Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016

Research Focus

Applications of Simple Perfusion in Tissue Engineering

Tissues in a living organism are vascularized, meaning that they have blood vessels penetrating throughout to actively deliver nutrients and signaling molecules and carry waste away. However, cell and tissue culture is commonly done statically, meaning that they are simply bathed in a nutrient-filled fluid called culture media. My research aims to develop fluidic systems which better mimic the active flow, nutrient exchange and dynamic soluble signaling present in living systems for a variety of tissues and organisms. Check out a science sketch style summary here!