Faculty Advisor

Pins, George D


Biomaterial scaffolds are used to aid in regeneration of tissue for volumetric muscle loss (VML) where natural regeneration fails. Fibrin microthreads are beneficial due to their mechanical properties, uniaxial cell alignment, and low cytotoxicity. We designed a composite system of a microthread bundle coated with a hydrogel to meet the unmet need of delivering two factors in different time domains to mimic natural healing and assist the regeneration process. Release from the microthreads and hydrogels was quantified with a protein assay and microthread release was validated semi-qualitatively with fluorescence microscopy. Results demonstrated that we created a dual factor, multi-phase release system to aid in skeletal muscle regeneration to potentially heal patients with VML injuries.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014


Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

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