Nenad Bursac, Ph.D.—VARI Seminar Series

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Nenad Bursac, Ph.D.—VARI Seminar Series

May 11, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

Striated muscle engineering and repair

Dr. Nenad Bursac is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and a pioneer of the myocardial tissue-engineering field. In 1999, as a member of Dr. Robert Langer’s group at MIT, he demonstrated first engineering of functional cardiac tissues using mammalian heart cells. His postdoctoral research with Dr. Leslie Tung at Johns Hopkins University involved the development of new methods to control architecture and function of 2- and 3-dimensional cardiac tissue cultures for studies of cardiac arrhythmias. Currently, Dr. Bursac’s research involves the use of cell, tissue, and genetic engineering techniques and electrophysiological and biomechanical studies to advance fields of somatic and stem cell based therapies for cardiac and skeletal muscle disease. Examples of this work include: 1) combining MRI and microfabrication techniques to create novel 2- and 3-dimensional cell cultures replicating the micro- and macrostructure of native myocardium, 2) development of specialized co-culture assays to study structural and functional interactions between cardiomyocytes and other cells, 3) engineering highly functional striated muscle tissues from human pluripotent stem cells for drug screening, disease modeling, and cardiac and skeletal muscle repair, and 4) genetic engineering of biosynthetic excitable cells for basic studies of ion channel function and use in somatic cell therapies for cardiac arrhythmias. Dr. Bursac is an author of more than 80 scientific articles, 6 book chapters, and has given a number of invited seminars nationally and internationally. He is a recipient of the Stansell Family Distinguished Research Award, Mendel Center Award, and Stem Cell Innovation Award. He was the president of the North Carolina Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society and has served as a standing member of the NIH BTSS panel. In 2015, Dr. Bursac has been elected as a fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Speaker Information

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Duke University

Time & Location

12:00 pm at Van Andel Institute
Conference Room 3104/3105

VARI Host: Postdoctoral Association


For questions, please contact Kim Cousineau at 616.234.5684.



May 11, 2016
12:00 pm
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