Mending Broken Hearts: Breakthroughs in Biomaterials
College Park, Maryland
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
University of Maryland
Van Munching Hall
2699 Mowatt Lane
College Park, Maryland 20742
This session is part of ROUTES, a day of Jewish learning presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington in partnership with Maryland Hillel at the University of Maryland.
$36 – Pre-Registration
$40 – At the Door
(Includes the full day of learning and a kosher boxed lunch)
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.