Centre of Excellence in Body-on-Chip Research
Centre of Excellence in Body-on-Chip Research is a multidisciplinary research consortium combining cell biology and engineering.
CoEBoC is a multidisciplinary research consortium composed of six research groups led by Minna Kellomäki, Katriina Aalto-Setälä, Jari Hyttinen, Pasi Kallio, Susanna Miettinen, and Susanna Narkilahti from Tampere University. Head of the consortium is Professor Minna Kellomäki and vice-director is Professor Katriina Aalto-Setälä.
CoEBoC's aim is to model healthy and diseased human tissues.
Tissues of patients can be modelled in the laboratory, for instance, by exploiting pluripotent stem cell technology for the patient’s cells. PhD student Ropafadzo Mzezewa develops human brain models for epilepsy using induced pluripotent stem cells derived from the patient’s skin cells. She then differentiates them into neurons. See her pitch for how she studies them.
In this pitch CoEBoC’s researcher Alma Yrjänäinen describes the work aiming at developing human adipose tissue on-a-chip for modelling obesity.