CMU lands $1.26M for biothermal research - CTTEC - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, August 5, 2010

CMU lands $1.26M for biothermal research

With $1.26 million in National Science Foundation grant money, a Carnegie Mellon University professor is working to develop technology that can be used in applications such as cryopreservation and cryosurgery.

Yoed Rabin, a mechanical engineering professor, received three grants for his work with low temperature applications of technology. Part of his research looks at the problems associated with cryopreservation, which is the preservation of tissue at very low temperatures and could be used in transplants and regenerative medicine, and cryosurgery, which is used to destroy tissue, such as cancerous tumors, by freezing it.

Rabin’s work will look at how to control the formation of ice crystals that occur when tissue is subjected to such low temperatures. One project explores how to prevent ice formation during cryopreservation in a way that does not also harm the tissue and another is developing a device to visualize the effects of cryopreservation.

The third project is developing sensors for temperature control and monitoring during cryosurgery.

Article Courtesy of Pittsburgh Business Times