Making artificial ovaries is a relatively new (~2015-present) technology that is still in animal trials. It is meant to restore or create fertility in those who are infertile, as well as to balance hormones. Students will learn how to think like engineers--they will be able to identify a problem (ovarian pathophysiology and infertility) and explore viable solutions (tissue engineering and artificial ovaries) to it based on constraints (ovarian anatomy and physiology). It is recommended for a high school audience with general biology knowledge. Anatomy and physiology knowledge is useful, but not required.
Educational materials created by Meghan McGraw, '22 Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, extending work created by Carolyn Bolz, '20. File edits and the slide-based lab were completed by Claire Kenny, Materials Science & Engineering, Biomedical Engineering '21.