Photo of Prof. Dai Fei, Elmer KER

Prof. Dai Fei, Elmer KER

Principal investigator of Center for Neuromusculoskeletal Restorative Medicine

Assistant Professor, Institute for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences



Prof. KER completed his Ph.D. degree at Carnegie Mellon University and postdoctoral training at Stanford University. His research interests include biomaterial development and computer vision-based cell tracking.



Topic: New Developments in Musculoskeletal Repair


Organ-on-a-chip is a technology that uses microfabrication techniques to create miniaturized models of human organs which can potentially replace animals for disease modeling and drug screening. Prof. Chan Hon Fai will introduce the latest work on developing organ-on-a-chip models including muscle-on-a-chip.  
Translating decellularized extracellular matrix-centric biomaterials for clinical tendon repair 
Prof. Wang’s team has been working on extracellular matrix (ECM)-centric approaches to augment tendon regeneration. They have developed various clinically practical biomaterials, including a highly bioactive, tendon ECM hydrogel and a mechanically robust, ECM-functionalized polyurethane elastomer. These innovative efforts will advance the understanding and application of ECM-based technologies to assist in clinical tendon repair. 
Biomaterials for musculoskeletal repair 
Prof. Ker’s lab has developed photo-crosslinkable biomaterials for engineering devices for musculoskeletal tissue engineering and regeneration. He will briefly detail an example in which such biomaterials can be useful for ensuring effective surgical repair of tissues. This work showcases the mechanical advantage of photo-crosslinkable biomaterials and has potential applications in musculoskeletal therapeutics.