Jennifer Elisseeff, associate professor at Johns Hopkins University's Translational Tissue Engineering Institute, with Tissue Banks International
Nature of research: Elisseeff is developing tiny fibers that combine elements of human tissue with synthetic polymers. She is working with Tissue Banks International, a Baltimore company that is supplying tissue, processing technology and manpower for the research.
Stage of research: The project has received a grant from the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission for up to $600,000 over three years to develop the nanofibers and explore their potential in clinical practice.
Implications: The aim is to enhance stem cell growth and potentially new tissue formation to be used in restorative medicine, in which old, damaged or diseased organs can be repaired.