Hey everyone,

Hope you had a great week so far and are looking forward to the weekend, I know I am!  I wanted to let you hear a little about my favorite class this semester in my post, which is Introduction to Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. 

The class is one which a lot of Biomedical Engineers take their senior year and it is taught by the Biomedical Engineering Department Chair here at USC, Norberto Grzywacz. First off, it is pretty insane to me that I am being taught by the Department Chair in one of my classes. It is definitely one of the things I love the most about USC – the professors and faculty changing the boundaries of the scientific field are teaching all of the classes. Norberto, is an amazing professor. He has taken such a hard and robust subject to learn and made it manageable and fun as well. He is very witty and his sense of humor comes across in his lectures, making the three hours fly by.

This semester we have already learned about inter-cellular and extra-cellular interactions with the extra-cellular matrix, control and synthesis of tissues, computational models in tissue engineering, and biomaterials in tissue engineering. I can’t wait until next week when we take on Stem Cells and Transplantation. Other concepts which we will learn throughout the year include: neural prostheses, angiogenesis, growth-factor delivery, gastrointestinal tissues, and cardiac tissue engineering.
Tissue Engineering in an Arm
Norberto is a great teacher and makes hard concepts easier to understand. He also has a hands on approach to learning, ending each class with an interactive exercise in order to apply what we have learned in class. I also really enjoy this class because I am using all of the knowledge that I have learned throughout my time here at USC. I am using my knowledge of Organic Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Electrical Engineering, and some Physics concepts in order to understand the basics of tissue engineering. It has been really cool to see all of my classes merge together into one and that is why I really enjoy my BME 410 – Tissue Engineering class.

Fight On!


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