Blinking Eye-on-a-Chip featured in NSF video

Recent research by CEMB PIs and trainees has been featured in NSF’s series, “4 Awesome Discoveries You Probably Didn’t Hear About.” The blinking eye-on-a-chip is currently being used to study dry eye disease, with potential to  address many other diseases that affect the eye. In addition to lead authors Dan Huh, associate professor in Bioengineering and graduate student Jeongyun Seo, this work was also conducted by CEMB’s Vivek Shenoy and Farid Alisafaei as well as members of their labs and Vivian Lee, Vatinee Bunya and Mina Massaro-Giordano from the Department of Ophthalmology at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.

As NSF program director Siddiq Qidwai stated in an NSF Research News release, “Creating an organ-on-a-chip that mimics natural cellular processes requires new knowledge from multiple disciplines, as well as advanced manufacturing to make them widely available in the future.” The CEMB is well positioned to make these discoveries and develop such tools and techniques.