Welcome to the Osteo Engineering Lab website. The Osteo Engineering Lab focuses on providing tools for the surgical reconstruction or regeneration of skeletal structures.
Our research includes the use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to prepare patient-specific implants, implant components, and surgical devices that are rendered via
additive manufacturing (3D printing). We have used these techniques to prepare restorative cranial implants for patients. However, a major focus of our preclinical research
program has been the 3D printing of tissue engineered (resorbable) bone scaffolds and metallic skeletal fixation devices. In our bone tissue engineering research we seed cells,
for example Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) and/or vascular progenitor cells, onto solid, 3D printed polymer scaffolds or within hydrogels. Those constructs may then be cultured,
perhaps in a bioreactor, before implantation. The intent of pre-culturing scaffolds is to fill and/or coat them with tissue that the body perceives as a “tissue engineered bone graft.”
Our work with 3D metal printing involves two alloys, NiTi, also referred to as nitinol or nickel-titanium, and magnesium (Mg) alloys. Our NiTi research currently focuses on stiffness-matched
NiTi skeletal fixation devices, i.e., stiffness matched to the surrounding bone. Our Mg alloy research focuses on resorbing skeletal fixation devices.