- Controlling the cell behavior.
- Identifying mechanical triggers to initiate specific cell activities.
- Creating hydrogels with native tissue-like properties to promote tissue formation 4.
To address the unmet needs in bioengineering, we introduce the Pavone Nanoindenter as a powerful method of mechanical characterization of hydrogels and other biomaterials. Pavone identifies the mechanical properties of hydrogels, the mechanisms by which cells remodel hydrogels, the impact of hydrogel mechanical properties on cell behavior, and the role of mechanical stimulation in cell-seeded hydrogels. Therefore, controlling and understanding the cell–hydrogel mechanic–interactions with Pavone can unlock new therapeutic strategies.
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