ALPTEKIN AKSAN

Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University

aaksan@umn.edu
http://biogels.umn.edu/

Research Interests

Biopreservation and biothermodynamics; desiccation/vitrification kinetics of sugar glasses, molecular mobility; microelectromechanical systems; bioheat and mass transfer.

Stabilizing and Preserving Tissues and Organs

Alptekin Aksan is interested in the stabilization and transformation of proteins and membranes utilized in tissue engineering. Medical and biotechnological advances in the areas of cell-based therapies, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, gene therapy, cell transplantation and biopharmaceutical research have increased the demand for successful stabilization of proteins, cells and organs during storage. Stabilization is necessary for protein- and cell-based therapies to be widely available, economical, efficient, and safe. Aksan is working to devise ways to process, store, transport, and distribute protein-based tissue products without the requirement for cryogenic temperatures.