New Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Gretchen Mahler uses cell culture models to examine drug toxicity and cell behavior during disease. She creates a "body on a chip" – that's just larger than a peanut – by putting living cells (e.g. liver, kidney, etc.) into chambers etched onto silicon – liquid substances introduced to the chip pass through very small channels and interact with these cells. Mahler then analyzes these cells to determine how different drugs are absorbed into the body and how they interact with tissues.
Last Updated: 3/5/13