Checking date: 18/03/2018

Course: 2020/2021

Cell culture and biotechnology for tissue engineering
Study: Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering (257)

Coordinating teacher: GARCIA DIEZ, MARTA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
The student must have coursed Introduction to Bioengineering, Cell and Molecular biology, Biochemistry, Biomechanics of continuum media I (solids), Biomechanics of continuum media II (fluids) Fundamentals of Tissue engineering and Regenerative medicine, Transport phenomena in Biomedicine, and Introduction to Biomaterials.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
Regenerative Medicine (RM) and Tissue Engineering are multidisciplinary fields that apply the principles of life science, engineering, and basic science to the development of viable substitutes which restore, maintain, or improve the function of human tissues. This course is designed to provide an advanced knowledge of tissue and organ regeneration and a practical point of view to tissue engineering, understanding the biotechnological tools to generate each component. Students will be required to learn and gain expertise from analysis of primary literature about the design of tissue functional units. The student will acquire the ability to design biological tissues by using advanced techniques in bioengineering and biotechnology from the developmental point of view. The students will acquire the ability to understand the importance of stem cells and gene therapy in order to succeed in the generation of a tissue, even in pathological situations.
Description of contents: programme
PROGRAM: 1.Tissue¿s organization and development. Concepts of Embryogenesis and Morphogenesis. 2. Tissue/Organ Engineering Paradigm. Biotechnology. 3. Bioreactors for biotechnology. 4. Use of recombinant technologies in Tissue Engineering. 5. Gene therapy. 6. Gene delivery systems (viral and non-viral). 7. Next-generation Gene-therapy: Gene Editing. 8. Transgenic organisms as biofactories. Organ reconstruction 9.Transplantation and rejection. 10. Stem cells. 11. Practical examples for organ reconstruction. Regulations and Clinical use: 12 Advance therapy medicinal products. 13. Government regulations for engineered tissues. LABORATORY EXPERIMENTS: Cell Culture Laboratory for Biotechnology and Tissue Engineering. a. Experimental design and methods that will be useful for tissue characterization and development b. Understand biomaterial generation for organ bioengineering. c. Stem cell harvest and isolation. d. Tissue/organ bioengineering. d. Tissues histological and molecular characterization using biotechnological tools. e. Critical evaluation of scientific results.
Learning activities and methodology
The program will be divided into master classes, seminars and laboratory practical sesions. Students are required to read or resolve assigned chapters, articles, problems, etc., before the corresponding classes. To facilitate learning, students will receive the slide of each class and the bibliography. The seminars will contain the discussion of relevant scientific articles and problems that will be presented by the students. In the laboratory classes, students divided in 2-3 students small groups will perform a reduced experimental design with the help of the teaching team. The student will be familiar with ethical and regulatory issues related to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Students will be required to elaborate a report discussing the experiments performed, the obtained results, the relevance and applications in biomedicine and the experience and skills gained. These classes includes the problems and discussion sections.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • Atala A, Allickson J. . Translational Regenerative Medicine. 1st edition. Elsevier. 2014
  • Baptista PM, Atala A, Laurence J.. Translating Regenerative Medicine to the Clinic, 1st Edition.. Elsevier. 2015
  • Guilak F, Butler, DL, Goldstein SA, and Mooney DJ. Functional Tissue Engineering. Springer. 2003
  • Lanza RP, Langer R, Vacanti J. Principles of Tissue Engineering. Third edition. Academic Press. 2007
  • Palsson BO, Bhatia SN. Tissue Engineering. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Prentice Hall. 2004
  • Saltzman MW. Tissue Engineering: Engineering Principles for the Design of Replacement Organs and Tissues. Oxford University Press. 2004
  • Vunjak-Novakovic G, Freshney RI. Culture of Cells for Tissue Engineering (Culture of specialized Cells). Springer. 2006

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.