Jan 31

Mending Broken Hearts: Breakthroughs in Biomaterials

Austin, Texas

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Mending Broken Hearts: Breakthroughs in Biomaterials
Yulia Sapir
Ph.D. Candidate, Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren Department of Biotechnology Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
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Sunday, January 31, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Tapestry of Jewish Learning
JCC Austin
7300 Hart Lane
Austin, Texas

This class offers a special look at the future of medicine in Israel through the eyes of a young researcher in the Negev. Yulia is working on medical techniques that will benefit everyone worldwide.

Yulia Sapir is a Ph.D. candidate in Ben-Gurion University’s Department of Biotechnology Engineering and is currently working to develop and perfect an algae-based patch that repairs tissue damaged by heart attacks. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in engineering from BGU, graduating summa cum laude.

Thanks to cutting edge programs at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, the “start up nation” may soon help people restart their hearts after a myocardial infarction. Tissue engineering is one of the most exciting and rapidly growing areas in biotechnology because, among other benefits, it offers new possibilities for the functional and structural restoration of damaged or lost tissue.

The long term goal of the project that Yulia Sapir will present was to create functional cardiac muscle patch suitable to replace damaged and/or missing myocardial tissue. In order to do this, the BGU research team developed algae-based biomaterials designed to provide cellular adhesion and mechanical support.