Scientists at the University of Michigan are developing microfluid devices to better develop and test human cells. Their three-dimensional cultures create environments that more closely mimics that of the human body than the traditional flat petri dish. With this research, Professor Shuichi Takayama hopes to reduce the cost of drug development and advance disease treatment by provided miniature environments that mimic parts of the human body.
ABOUT THE PROFESSOR: Shuichi Takayama is a professor of Biomedical Engineering and Macromolecular Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. His research includes the development of microfluidics and micro/nanotechnology platforms capable of testing cells and subcellular components with combinations of mechanical, chemical, electrical, topographical, and thermal stimuli.