2018 SEED project summary: This SEED aims to probe cell-matrix adhesion by use of atomically thin conducting materials such as graphene sheets as interfacial layers. By spatially patterning and varying the conductivity of graphene sheets, the interactions of adhesion molecules such as integrin. More specifically the atomically thin nature of graphene allows electric-field to penetrate through it thereby having a potential to affect local adhesion of integrin which contains calcium or magnesium ions by application of electric voltage. A proof of concept demonstration will open doors to electrical control of cell adhesion, growth, and proliferation.
2018 SEED Grant Recipient