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University of Houston researcher publishes textbook on tissue engineering
Date:7/25/2014

Ravi Birla, associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston, has written a new textbook on tissue engineering and artificial organ development.

"Introduction to Tissue Engineering: Applications and Challenges" offers a comprehensive guide to entering into the field of artificial organ development. Metin Akay, founding chair and professor of biomedical engineering at UH, served as a series editor on the book.

Birla said that while there are other published books on the subject of growing artificial organs and tissues, many are either out of date or serve as a collection of articles written by different researchers rather than as an instructional guide that students or individuals entering the field can follow. "These books are written by different authors, and you really can't use them for teaching," Birla said. "It's highly inconsistent in terms of who is saying what, and they're designed to be read by professionals who are already very familiar with the field of growing and engineering artificial organs."

Birla's book was written with undergraduate and early graduate students in mind, providing an accessible and easy-to-follow overview of how to synthesize artificial organs in a laboratory.

To simplify this field of research into a guide that's accessible to entry-level engineers, Birla broke down his tissue engineering process into eight steps. Although the book wasn't officially published until July, Birla used the draft manuscript to teach his undergraduate students at the university's Cullen College of Engineering last fall. "They found it easy to read, accessible, enjoyable," he said, adding that he will use the published version of the book as the official textbook for his class this fall.

He said the publication is timely.

"Other institutions in the U.S. and across the globe, particularly in Asia and Europe, are forming new academic departments which have a strong focus on artificial organ fabrication,
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Contact: Jeannie Kever
jekever@uh.edu
713-743-0778
University of Houston
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