2010 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biomechanical Engineering
Supported by: Bio-X
Mentor: Marc E. Levenston, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Bioengineering

Khang is originally from San Jose, California and will be a coterminal student next year in the Bioengineering program here at Stanford. He became interested in cartilage tissue engineering and regenerative medicine out of a profound fear of death, which he believes to be a common preoccupation among people. This summer, Khang is studying the interactions between human marrow stem cells and the extracellular matrix, which are mediated by adhesion to synthetic peptides in sodium alginate hydrogels. The goal of his research is to develop finely-tuned 3D scaffolds to control the differentiation of progenitor cells down the cartilage cell lineage.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 25, 2010:

Peptide-Modified Alginate as Tissue-Engineered Cartilage Scaffolds

T. Khang Dinh and Marc E. Levenston
[Biomechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering; Stanford University]