Memphis Research Consortium
Strengths
  • The University of Memphis/UTHSC Biomedical Engineering joint research and academic program
  • U of M- State Chairs of Excellence (2) in Biomedical Engineering
  • U of M Materials Research Laboratory facilities
    • Electron microscopy: TEM (biological and physical), SEM (environmental, standard, X-ray, and microanalysis)
    • Light microscopy: standard, confocal fluorescent, and digital
    • Atomic Force Microscopy/Magnetic Force Microscopy
    • Light microscopy (standard, fluorescent, and digital)
    • Image enhancement and analysis for microscopy
    • Immunocytochemistry
    • Metal thinning laboratory for TEM
    • Cryostat sectioning
    • High Pressure Freezing
    • Tissue Embedding (paraffin and plastic)
    • Negative Staining
    • Freeze Fracture
    • Photography (silver-grain and digital)
    • U of M Materials Science Research Group

Gary L. Bowlin was hired as Professor and Herff Chair of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the University of Memphis and directs its Tissue Engineering Laboratory. His research foci are developing electrospun tissue-engineering scaffolds and products involving biomaterials and biologicals for use in dental reconstruction, bone regeneration, cartilage repair, vascular surgery, wound healing, and hemostasis (controlling voluminous bleeding). Dr. Bowlin’s groundbreaking paper on electrospinning collagen is the most cited item in the history of the journal Biomacromolecules, and he has over 4,000 other citations. He holds nine U.S. patents and over 30 international patents and has been the founding inventor of five companies, including NanoMatrix, Inc., which is based on an electrospun tissue-
engineering scaffold technology that was sold to Organogenesis, Inc., and another technology (WoundStat™) that was FDA approved and commercialized by TraumaCure, Inc., for controlling bleeding in severe traumatic injuries. Dr. Bowlin joined U of M to expand his work in orthopedic tissue engineering and regenerative products for the musculoskeletal system.

Amy N. Abell, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, joined the University of Memphis after completing a postdoctoral program at Duke University. Dr. Abell brings her expertise in epithelial stem cells and their transition to mesenchymal cells, including an understanding of the signaling networks and epigenetic changes that regulate this transition. Via teamwork with other professionals in the MRC
community, she adds significantly to the depth of understanding of the molecular biology and genetics that underlie efforts in tissue engineering. Her specialized graduate-level teaching about stem cells and their use in regenerative medicine adds greatly to offerings available in Memphis.

  • UTHSC Musculoskeletal, Orthopedic, and Dental Institute (MODI)
  • Comprehensive medical and dental school faculty, including:
    • UTHSC connective tissue faculty
    • UTHSC integrated physiology and biology faculty
    • UTHSC genomics faculty
    • UTHSC cellular biology faculty

Susan A. Krum, PhD, Assistant Professor in the UTHSC Department of Orthopedics and Biomedical Engineering, will play a central role in furthering MRC educational and research efforts in the musculoskeletal field, Her academic and research work will also be performed in synchronization with the U of M as it relates to the joint degree program that UTHSC and U of M offer in biomedical engineering. With her terminal degree in molecular biology from UCLA, she brings more than a dozen years of investigative and academic experience to her position.

Dr. William Mihalko was hired by UTHSC for a full-time appointment on February 1, 2012, filling the Hyde Chair of Excellence. Dr. Mihalko received his MD from Medical College of Virginia (MCV) and is a Fellow of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He also holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from MCV, which gives him unique insight and perspective concerning arthroplasty outcomes. Dr. Mihalko’s research program is related to his 12 years of surgical practice in total hip and knee replacement. He has conducted multiple clinical investigative studies that have contributed to advancements in the surgical techniques and outcomes, as well as the biomechanical analysis of hip and knee arthroplasty procedures. Dr. Mihalko is the author of 14 book chapters, has been the editor of five textbooks and journals, and has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. With Dr. Mihalko’s hiring, the University of Tennessee merged Biomedical Engineering and Orthopedics to create an integrated science team underneath the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, something wholeheartedly supported by local industry.

  • Memphis Bioworks Foundation
  • InMotion Orthopedic Research Center
  • UTHSC Department of Orthopedic Surgery – Campbell Clinic

The Memphis medical device industry
Principals:

  • Medtronic
  • Smith & Nephew
  • Wright Medical

Plus extensive small firm and startup firms in B3.