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Nicholas J. Merna

Assistant Professor of Engineering


Degrees

MSE, 2014, Univ California Irvine; PHD, 2014, Univ California Irvine; BS, 2009, Univ Calif Los Angeles UCLA


Bio

Dr. Merna holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from University of California Irvine. His research and teaching interest is tissue engineering, with an emphasis on organ decellularization and vascular systems. In order to engineer functional, 3D tissues with physiologically relevant depth, endothelial vessel networks are needed to overcome oxygen diffusion limitations. His doctoral research included decellularization and recellularization of cardiac tissues in order to engineer 3D constructs. During his post-doctoral research at Hofstra University, he focused on characterizing the tissue-specific impact of fluid shear stress on mouse endothelial cells. Currently, he is focused on developing functional ECM scaffolds with a wide range of structural, mechanical and biological properties for use in tissue engineering applications.


Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
BIO 081 INTRODUCTION TO BIOENGINEERING Undergraduate
ENGG 010 CMPTR PRG FOR ENGNRS Undergraduate
ENGG 081 INTRO TO BIOENGINEERING Undergraduate
ENGG 182 FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMECHANICS Undergraduate
ENGG 183 CELL AND TISSUE ENGINEERING Undergraduate
ENGG 198 DEPT HONORS CANDIDACY: THESIS Undergraduate
ENGG 199 INDEPENDENT READINGS IN ENGG Undergraduate
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