What do we do?
The goal of our research program is to develop bio-engineering approaches that advance regenerative therapies in the Nervous System (NS). Projects apply micro and nanotechnology to ‘dissect’ fundamental biology questions central to neuro-regeneration and repair. Our research program has emphasized development of technological bio-engineering approaches to evaluate migration, cohesion, and connectivity of neural progenitor cells. In 2020 our research was recognized by AIMBE for pioneering microfluidic approaches to investigate retinal development and regeneration in the visual system.
Innovations from the laboratory have developed bio-engineering systems to model and evaluate cell responses during development and manipulate these behaviors to improve Human health. Our projects have been awarded continuous research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DoD), and private foundations.
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Recent and current research contributions from the Vaz Lab align along 4 primary areas: