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In this podcast, Donny Hanjaya-Putra, a researcher at the University of Notre Dame, provides a detailed overview of his work with stem cells.

Hanjaya-Putra earned his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and he holds a BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering as well, from the University of Notre Dame.

This interesting podcast allows Hanjaya-Putra to explain how his team utilizes engineering principles to manipulate stem cell differentiation. Hanjaya-Putra’s lab brings together principles of engineering and medicine, working with stem cells as a means to treat disease. By combining stem cell engineering, biomaterials synthesis, and micro/nano-technologies, their lab hopes to make great strides in disease modeling, regenerative medicine, and methods of drug delivery.

Hanjaya-Putra details information regarding stem cells and the expression of proteins in his work, discussing tissue repair, and how stem cells know just where to go once injected into the body. The Ph.D. discusses how his lab can use tiny molecule drugs to enhance cellular repair and how they are working toward reducing the side effects of drugs while still keeping the drug’s therapeutic effects intact.

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