Will we ever be able to see in the dark or grow animal body parts? Narine Sarvazyan, a professor of cardiovascular physiology at the George Washington University School of Medicine says yes. Narine takes the TEDxFoggyBottom stage to describe her recent research in developing "mini-hearts' and explain what the future of stem cell research and tissue engineering holds
Narine Sarvazyan is a professor of cardiovascular physiology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the American Heart Association. She received a number of prestigious awards, including the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association and the Distinguished Teacher Award from the GW School of Medicine. Her research aims to better understand the mechanisms behind cardiac arrhythmias and new imaging techniques to treat them. Other directions include the development of stem cell sources with improved immunological compatibility and creation of rhythmically contracting cuffs of heart muscle cells that surround vessels of choice to help propel biological fluids.
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