Under the direction of Professor Putnam, the Putnam Lab conducts both fundamental and applied research in the broad areas of cell and tissue engineering. Our fundamental research addresses how the physical and chemical properties of the extracellular matrix (ECM) influence the development of tissue structures. We then leverage this fundamental knowledge to inspire the design of “instructive materials” for applications in regenerative medicine. A diversity of projects involving both uncommitted progenitor cells and committed cells from a variety of different tissues are ongoing, with a particular focus on the development of new blood vessels for regenerative medicine applications.
University of Michigan