Chronic kidney disease and eventual kidney failure are incurable diseases that affect 13% of the U.S. population, particularly those with high blood pressure and diabetes. These diseases degrade the “podocyte” cells of the kidney that maintain the body’s blood filtration system, eventually sending patients to dialysis.
The search for effective treatments has been hampered because these highly structured cells cannot be cultured outside of the body and because immortalized cell lines are not true to their structure. New research from Washington University’s McKelvey School of Engineering and the School of Medicine aims to overcome this critical barrier… Continue reading.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Guy M. Genin, Ph.D., Faculty Fellow of NSF Center for Engineering MechanoBiology, and Harold and Kathleen Faught Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Genin was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions to the understanding of treatment of pathologies of interfaces, and leadership in biomechanics and mechano-biology.