W. Gregory Sawyer

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Project Title
Cancer Engineering
Time Commitment
11-15 hours/week
Depends on lab funding
Possible Co-Authorship
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
Location of Research
Project Description

Since the advent of the optical microscope, scientists and physicians have focused this tool on biology with the laudable goals of improving the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Over the past century, imaging and cell-culture have been locked in a coupled development pipeline limited by perceived constraints of two-dimensional culture plates, slides, and imaging dishes. This activity follows a new approach to convey human microtissues to medical science and develop multi-organ systems and patient-specific models of disease in an accessible platform optimized for in situ studies of tissue function and dynamics with high-resolution microscopy. Cancer engineering is a transdisciplinary effort to develop sophisticated common platforms that can integrate diverse fields of study from Astronomy to Oncology. This research effort aims to provide accessible and portable testbeds for studies in cancer, with a focus on immuno-oncology and patient explant models.


Additional Requirements: Calculus


Contact Info

email: wgsawyer@ufl.edu