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Doing Business As Name:University of South Carolina at Columbia
  • Prakash Nagarkatti
  • (803) 777-5458
  • Yiming Ji
Award Date:02/19/2013
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 9,029,853
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 9,029,853
  • FY 2012=$4,000,000
  • FY 2011=$1,029,853
  • FY 2014=$4,000,000
Start Date:02/01/2013
End Date:06/30/2016
Transaction Type: Cooperative Agreements
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.083
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:2009 Research Infrastructure Improvement Grant
Federal Award ID Number:1317771
DUNS ID:041387846
Parent DUNS ID:041387846
Program:EPSCoR Research Infrastructure

Awardee Location

Street:Sponsored Awards Management
Awardee Cong. District:06

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of South Carolina at Columbia
Cong. District:06

Abstract at Time of Award

Proposal Title: 2009 Research Infrastructure Improvement Institution: South Carolina Research Authority The South Carolina 2009 NSF EPSCoR RII proposal unites Claflin, Clemson, MUSC, SC State University, and USC and presents an integrated plan to implement a statewide vision that will give South Carolina a competitive edge in the field of biofabrication ?an emerging ?transforming? technology ? operationally defined as computer-aided, layer-by-layer deposition of biologically relevant material with the purpose of engineering functional 3D tissues and organs. The proposed Research Plan to engineer a 3D vascular tree is divided into five ?thrust? areas. Thrust I focuses on analysis of structural-functional properties of an authentic (natural) branched vascular tree. Thrust II focuses on directed differentiation of adult stem cells into monomer units of vascular cell types, specifically to induce stem cells isolated from fat tissue to enter a smooth muscle cell lineage. Thrust III requires functional biomechanical testing of engineered, sequential segments and comparison to naturally occurring (authentic) branched vascular trees. Thrust IV is biofabrication of a branched vascular tree; that is to create linear 3-D, hollow tubular segments representing branches that can be transformed into branched ?Y? or ?T? vascular units. Thrust V focuses on accelerated tissue maturation of bioprinted, branched vascular tubes. Intellectual Merit. A major challenge in tissue engineering is the ability to maintain viability of large masses of cells or tissue constructs upon transfer from in vitro culture conditions to in vivo hosts. Most current efforts focus on rapid fabrication of solid scaffolds, or on 2D and 3D cell biopatterning. Less emphasis has been placed on applying the principles of developmental biology and the fundamental biological process of cell and tissue self-assembly. The proposed infrastructure enhancements are essential components for engineering branched, lumenized tubules that can be scaled up (industrialized) to assemble in the future a functional, branched vascular tree, addressing perhaps the greatest obstacle to successful engineering of tissue and organ replacements. Broader Impacts. Proposed RII activities will lead to: (1) innovative partnerships for training a new workforce in an emerging high tech, high impact industry; (2) dissemination and public education regarding advances and breakthroughs at the interface of engineering, science, and computation; (3) academic-industrial collaborations in developing and improving prototype devices for bioprinting, bioreactors, and biomechanical quantitation; (4) a vanguard position in a new S&T field that is truly global, unfettered by geographical, cultural and historic boundaries, with prime opportunities to attract underrepresented groups into a new field at the cusp of bioengineering, computation and biomedical science; and (5) opportunities for social sciences and other professional disciplines to evaluate and integrate ethical, legal, social and economic implications of ultimately implanting biofabricated replacement tissues and organs. These considerations highlight the importance of a highly science-literate, well informed press corps and public in order to understand and fairly represent multiple sides of complex issues.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Grek, CL; Rhett, JM; Bruce, JS; Abt, MA; Ghatnekar, GS; Yeh, ES "Targeting Connexin 43 with a-connexin Carboxyl-Terminal (ACT1) Peptide Enhances the Activity of the Targeted Inhibitors, Tamoxifen and Lapatinib, in Breast Cancer: Clinical Implication for ACT1" BMC Cancer, v.15, 2015, p..

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K. Nomura and T. Yonezawa and S. Mano and S. Kawakami and A. M. Shedlock and M. Hasegawa and T. Amano "Domestication Process of the Goat Revealed by an Analysis of the Nearly Complete Mitochondrial Protein-Encoding Genes" Plos One, v.8, 2013, p..

Sproul, Erin P.; Argraves, W. Scott "A cytokine axis regulates elastin formation and degradation" MATRIX BIOLOGY, v.32, 2013, p.86-94.

C. A. Lindburg and J. S. Willey and D. Dean "Effects of Low Dose X-Ray Irradiation of Porcine Articular Cartilage Explants" Journal of Orthopaedic Research, v.31, 2013, p.1780--178.

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Avril, Stephane and Badel, Pierre and Gabr, Mohamed and Sutton, Michael A and Lessner, Susan M "Biomechanics of Porcine Renal Arteries and Role of Axial Stretch" Journal of biomechanical engineering, v.135, 2013, p.081007.

L. Davis and S. Lessner "Identifying matrix proteins at the plaque-internal elastic lamina interface in a mouse model of atherosclerosis" Angiogenesis, v.17, 2014, p.307--307.

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Ellahi, Rahmat and Wang, Xinil and Hameed, Muhammad "Effects of Heat Transfer and Nonlinear Slip on the Steady Flow of Couette Fluid by Means of Chebyshev Spectral Method" ZEITSCHRIFT FUR NATURFORSCHUNG SECTION AA JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL SCIENCES, v.69, 2014, p.1--8.

Czajka, Caitlin A and Calder, Bennet W and Yost, Michael J and Drake, Christopher J "Implanted Scaffold-Free Prevascularized Constructs Promote Tissue Repair" Annals of plastic surgery, v.74, 2015, p.371--375.

B. Mattix and T. R. Olsen and Y. Gu and M. Casco and A. Herbst and D. T. Simionescu and R. P. Visconti and K. G. Kornev and F. Alexis "Biological magnetic cellular spheroids as building blocks for tissue engineering" Acta Biomaterialia, v.10, 2014, p.623--629.

Menon, V; Eberth, JF; Goodwin, RL, Potts, JD "Altered Hemodynamics in the Embryonic Heart Affects Outflow Valve Development" Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease, v.2, 2015, p.108-124.

L. L. Zhang and X. Y. Huang and C. Y. Qin and K. Brinkman and Y. H. Gong and S. W. Wang and K. Huang "First spectroscopic identification of pyrocarbonate for high CO2 flux membranes containing highly interconnected three dimensional ionic channels" Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, v.15, 2013, p.13147--13.

Menon, V; Junor, L; Balhaj, M; Eberth, JF; Potts, JD "A Novel Ex Ovo Banding Technique to Alter Intracardiac Hemodynamics in an Embryonic Chicken System" Journal of Visualized Experiments, v.111, 2016, p..

B. Zhou and L. Wolf and A. Rachev and T. Shazly "A structure-motivated model of the passive mechanical response of the primary porcine renal artery" Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, v.14, 2013, p..

Coyle, R; Jia, J; Mei, Y "Polymer Microarray Technology for Stem Cell Engineering" Acta Biomaterialia, v.34, 2016, p.60-72.

Olsen, TR and Mattix, B and Casco, M and Herbst, A and Williams, C and Tarasidis, A and Simionescu, D and Visconti, RP and Alexis, F "Manipulation of cellular spheroid composition and the effects on vascular tissue fusion" Acta biomaterialia, v.13, 2015, p.188--198.

M. Skiles and S. Sahai and L. Rucker and J. O. Blanchette "Use of Culture Geometry to Control Hypoxia-Induced Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Secretion from Adipose-Derived Stem Cells: Optimizing a Cell-Based Approach to Drive Vascular Growth" Tissue Engineering Part A, v.19, 2013, p.2330--233.

J. M. Rhett and S. A. Fann and M. J. Yost "Purinergic Signalling in Early Inflammatory Events of the Foreign Body Response: Modulating Extracellular ATP as an Endabling Technology for Engineered Implants and Tissues" Tissue Eng Part B Rev, v., 2014, p..

Chang, Carlos C and Boland, Eugene D and Williams, Stuart K and Hoying, James B "Direct-write bioprinting three-dimensional biohybrid systems for future regenerative therapies" Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials, v.98, 2011, p.160--170.

Kumar, S; Pan, CC; Shah, N; Wheeler, SE; Hoyt, KR; Hempel, N; Mythreye, K; Lee, NY "Activation of Mitofusin2 by Smad2-RIN1 Complex during Mitochondrial Fusion" Molecular Cell, v.62, 2016, p.520-531.

Menon, V; Junor, L; Eberth, J; Belhaj, M; Potts, J "Pathological Consequences of Altered Hemodynamics During Heart Valve Development" Microscopy and Microanalysis, v.22, 2016, p.1062-1063.

Zhou, Boran and Wolf, Lauren and Rachev, Alexander and Shazly, Tarek "A STRUCTURE-MOTIVATED MODEL OF THE PASSIVE MECHANICAL RESPONSE OF THE PRIMARY PORCINE RENAL ARTERY" Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, v.14, 2014, p..

M. V. Pryzhkova and G. M. Harris and S. G. Ma and E. Jabbarzadeh "Patterning Pluripotent Stem Cells at a Single Cell Level" Journal of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, v.3, 2013, p.461--471.

Liu, Q; Li, J; Hartstone-Rose, A; Wang, J; Li, J; Janicki. JS; Fan, D "Chinese Herbal Compounds for the Prevention and Treatment of Atherosclerosis: Experimental Evidence and Mechanisms" Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, v.2015, 2015, p.1-15.

D. J. Richards and Y. Tan and J. Jia and H. Yao and Y. Mei "3D Printing for Tissue Engineering" Israel Journal of Chemistry, v.53, 2013, p.805--814.

G. M. Harris and T. Shazly and E. Jabbarzadeh "Deciphering the Combinatorial Roles of Geometric, Mechanical, and Adhesion Cues in Regulation of Cell Spreading" Plos One, v.8, 2013, p..

Mei, Ying and Hollister-Lock, Jennifer and Bogatyrev, Said R and Cho, Seung-Woo and Weir, Gordon C and Langer, Robert and Anderson, Daniel G "A high throughput micro-array system of polymer surfaces for the manipulation of primary pancreatic islet cells" Biomaterials, v.31, 2010, p.8989--899.

Calder, BW; Rhett, JM; Bainbridge, H; Fann, SA; Gourdie, RG; Yost, MJ "Inhibition of Connexin 43 Hemichannel-Mediated ATP Release Attenuates Early Inflammation During the Foreign Body Response" Tissue Engineering: Part A, v.21, 2015, p.1752-1762.

Noorali S; Sheraz M; Tisdale SS; Dallas SS; Simons LM; White, RS; Tisdale, RA "Effect of Differentially Expressed MicroRNAs 602 and 323-5p on Hepatitis C Virus Genotype 1b Viral Load in Infected Liver Cells" Journal of Infectious Diseases & Therapy, v.2, 2014, p.1-14.

Reese, Charles and Lee, Rebecca and Bonner, Michael and Perry, Beth and Heywood, Jonathan and Silver, Richard M and Tourkina, Elena and Visconti, Richard P and Hoffman, Stanley "Fibrocytes in the fibrotic lung: altered phenotype detected by flow cytometry" Frontiers in pharmacology, v.5, 2014, p..

N. Li and R. L. Goodwin and J. D. Potts "Zyxin Regulates Cell Migration and Differentiation in EMT during Chicken AV Valve Morphogenesis" Microscopy and Microanalysis, v.19, 2013, p.842--854.

Pan, CC; Shah, N; Kumar, S; Wheeler, SE; Cinti, J; Hoyt, DG; Beattie, CE; An, M; Mythreye, K; Rakotondraibe LH; Lee NY "Angiostatic actions of capsicodendrin through selective inhibition of VEGFR2-mediated AKT signaling and disregulated autophagy" Oncotarget, v., 2016, p.1-11.

Cooley, Marion A and Harikrishnan, Keerthi and Oppel, James A and Miler, Sloan F and Barth, Jeremy L and Haycraft, Courtney J and Reddy, Sakamuri V and Argraves, W Scott "Fibulin-1 is required for bone formation and Bmp-2-mediated induction of Osterix" Bone, v.69, 2014, p.30--38.

N. R. Ko and K. J. Yao and C. B. Tang and J. K. Oh "Synthesis and thiol-responsive degradation of polylactide-based block copolymers having disulfide junctions using ATRP and ROP" Journal of Polymer Science Part a-Polymer Chemistry, v.51, 2013, p.3071--308.

A. E. Mercado and X. M. Yang and X. Z. He and E. Jabbari "Effect of grafting BMP2-derived peptide to nanoparticles on osteogenic and vasculogenic expression of stromal cells" Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, v.8, 2014, p.15--28.

A. N. Brodsky and J. Zhang and R. P. Visconti and S. W. Harcum "Expansion of Mesenchymal Stem Cells under Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide" Biotechnology Progress, v.29, 2013, p.1298--130.

Bae, S; Jeoung, JW; Jeun, M; Jang, J; Park, JH; Kim, YJ; Lee, K; Kim, M; Lee, J; Hwang, HM; Paek, SH; Park, KH "Magnetically softened iron oxide (MSIO) nanofluid and its application to thermally-induced heat shock proteins for ocular neuroprotection" Biomaterials, v.101, 2016, p.165-175.

B. Mattix and T. R. Olsen and M. Casco and L. Reese and J. T. Poole and J. Zhang and R. P. Visconti and A. Simionescu and D. T. Simionescu and F. Alexis "Janus magnetic cellular spheroids for vascular tissue engineering" Biomaterials, v.35, 2014, p.949--960.

Iwanowycz, S; Wang, J; Hodge, J; Wang, Y; Yu, F; Fan, D "Emodin Inhibits Breast Cancer Growth by Blocking the Tumor-Promoting Feedforward Loop between Cancer Cells and Macrophages" Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, v.15, 2016, p.1931-1942.

Pawelek, KA; Dor Jr., D; Salmeron, C; Handel, A "Within-Host Models of High and Low Pathogenic Influenza Virus Infections: The Role of Macrophages" PLOS One, v.11, 2016, p.1-16.

Noorali, S and Sheraz, M and Tisdale, SS and Dallas, SS and Simons, LM and others "Effect of Differentially Expressed MicroRNAs 602 and 323-5p on Hepatitis C Virus Genotype 1b Viral Load in Infected Liver Cells" J Infect Dis Ther, v.2, 2014, p.2332--087.

N. Yamaguchi and A. Chakraborty and T. Q. Huang and L. Xu and A. C. Gomez and D. A. Pasek and G. Meissner "Cardiac hypertrophy associated with impaired regulation of cardiac ryanodine receptor by calmodulin and S100A1" American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology, v.305, 2013, p.H86--H94.

Shi, C.; Wright, G. J.; Ex-Lubeskie, C. L.; Bradshaw, A. D.; Yao, H. "Relationship between anisotropic diffusion properties and tissue morphology in porcine TMJ disc" OSTEOARTHRITIS AND CARTILAGE, v.21, 2013, p.625-633.

Lawrimore, J; Vasquez, PA*; Falvo, MR; Taylor, RM; Vicci, L; Yeh, E; Forest, MG; Bloom, K "DNA loops generate intracentromere tension in mitosis" The Journal of Cell Biology, v.210, 2015, p.553-564.

Shazly, Tarek and Rachev, Alexander and Lessner, Susan and Argraves, William S and Ferdous, Jahid and Zhou, Boran and Moreira, Alexandra M and Sutton, Michael "On the Uniaxial Ring Test of Tissue Engineered Constructs" Experimental Mechanics, v., 2014, p.1--11.

Pawelek, KA; Salmeron, C; Del Valle, S "Connecting within and between-hosts dynamics in the influenza infection-staged epidemiological models with behavior change" Journal of Coupled Systems and Multiscale Dynamics, v.3, 2015, p.233-243.

H. R. Bateman and Q. L. Liang and D. P. Fan and V. Rodriguez and S. M. Lessner "Sparstolonin B Inhibits Pro-Angiogenic Functions and Blocks Cell Cycle Progression in Endothelial Cells" Plos One, v.8, 2013, p..

P. Badel and S. Avril and M. A. Sutton and S. M. Lessner "Numerical simulation of arterial dissection during balloon angioplasty of atherosclerotic coronary arteries" J. Biomech., v.47, 2014, p.878--889.

Wang, Xinli and Drazer, German "Transport of Brownian particles in a narrow, slowly-varying serpentine channel" arXiv preprint arXiv:1406.3226, v., 2014, p..

Jia, Jia and Richards, Dylan J and Pollard, Samuel and Tan, Yu and Rodriguez, Joshua and Visconti, Richard P and Trusk, Thomas C and Yost, Michael J and Yao, Hai and Markwald, Roger R and others "Engineering alginate as bioink for bioprinting" Acta biomaterialia, v.10, 2014, p.4323--433.

Wood, Scott T.; Dean, Brian C.; Dean, Delphine "A linear programming approach to reconstructing subcellular structures from confocal images for automated generation of representative 3D cellular models" MEDICAL IMAGE ANALYSIS, v.17, 2013, p.337-347.

Q. L. Liang and F. Yu and X. D. Cui and J. A. Duan and Q. N. Wu and P. Nagarkatti and D. P. Fan "Sparstolonin B suppresses lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammation in human umbilical vein endothelial cells" Archives of Pharmacal Research, v.36, 2013, p.890--896.

Prim, DA; Zhou, B; Hartstone-Rose, A; Uline, MJ; Shazly, T; Eberth, JF "A Mechanical Argument for the Differential Performance of Coronary Artery Grafts" Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, v.54, 2016, p.93-105.

Mlotshwa, Sizolwenkosi and Pruss, Gail J and MacArthur, John L and Endres, Matthew W and Davis, Celestia and Hofseth, Lorne J and Pe{\ "n}a, Maria Marjorette and Vance, Vicki" A novel chemopreventive strategy based on therapeutic microRNAs produced in plants, v.Cell research, , p.2015.

Tan, Yu and Richards, Dylan J and Trusk, Thomas C and Visconti, Richard P and Yost, Michael J and Kindy, Mark S and Drake, Christopher J and Argraves, William Scott and Markwald, Roger R and Mei, Ying "3D printing facilitated scaffold-free tissue unit fabrication" Biofabrication, v.6, 2014, p.024111.

Shen, Yi and Tan, Rui and Gee, Megan Y and Greytak, Andrew B "Quantum Yield Regeneration: Influence of Neutral Ligand Binding on Photophysical Properties in Colloidal Core/Shell Quantum Dots" ACS nano, v., 2015, p..

Richards, D; Jia, J; Yost, MJ; Markwald, R; Mei, Y "3D Bioprinting for Vascularized Tissue Fabrication" Annals of Biomedical Engineering, v., 2016, p.1-17.

R. Lee and C. Reese and B. Perry and J. Heywood and M. Bonner and R. P. Visconti and R. M. Silver and S. Hoffman and E. Tourkina "Enhanced Expression of CCR Receptors in Healthy AA and SSc ILD Monocytes" Biotechnology Progress, v.29, 2013, p.S278--S27.

Rodriguez-Rivera, V; Weidner, JW; Yost, MJ "Three Dimensional Biomimetic Technology: Novel Biorubber Creates Defined Micro- and Macro-scale Architectures in Collegen Hydrogels" Journal of Visualized Experiments, v.108, 2016, p..

S. Avril and P. Badel and M. Gabr and M. A. Sutton and S. M. Lessner "BioMechanics of Porcine Renal Arteries and Role of Axial Stretch" Journal of Biomechanical Engineering-Transactions of the Asme, v.135, 2013, p..

Badel, Pierre and Avril, St{\'e}phane and Sutton, Michael A and Lessner, Susan M "Numerical simulation of arterial dissection during balloon angioplasty of atherosclerotic coronary arteries" Journal of biomechanics, v.47, 2014, p.878--889.

Yuan, Liang and Hamidi, Nasrollah and Smith, Shaleesh and Clemons, Felicia and Hamidi, Amid and Tang, Chuanbing "Molecular characterization of biodegradable natural resin acid-substituted polycaprolactone" European Polymer Journal, v.62, 2015, p.43--50.

Lee, Rebecca and Perry, Beth and Heywood, Jonathan and Reese, Charles and Bonner, Michael and Hatfield, Corey M and Silver, Richard M and Visconti, Richard P and Hoffman, Stanley and Tourkina, Elena "Caveolin-1 regulates chemokine receptor 5-mediated contribution of bone marrow-derived cells to dermal fibrosis" Frontiers in pharmacology, v.5, 2014, p..

Zhao, Wei and Yang, Fang and Khan, Jamil and Reifsnider, Ken and Wang, Guiren "Corrections on LIFPA velocity measurements in microchannel with moderate velocity fluctuations" Experiments in Fluids, v.56, 2015, p.1--10.

S. Sahai and A. Williams and M. L. Skiles and J. O. Blanchette "Osteogenic Differentiation of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells Is Hypoxia-Inducible Factor-1 Independent" Tissue Engineering Part A, v.19, 2013, p.1583--159.

Tan, Y; Richards, D; Xu, R; Stewart-Clark, S; Mani, SK; Borg, TK; Menick, DR; Tian, B; Mei, Y "Silicon Nanowire-Induced Maturation of Cardiomyocytes Derived from Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells" Nano Letters, v.15, 2015, p.2765-2772.

W. O. Twal and S. C. Klatt and K. Harikrishnan and E. Gerges and M. A. Cooley and T. C. Trusk and B. Zhou and M. G. Gabr and T. Shazly and S. M. Lessner and R. R. Markwald and W. S. Argraves "Cellularized Microcarriers as Ashesive Building Blocks for Fabrication of Tubular Tissue Constructs" Ann Biomed Eng, v., 2014, p..

K. Harikrishnan and M. A. Cooley and W. O. Twal and V. M. Fresco and C. B. Kern and W. S. Argraves "Fibulin-1 is Required to Prevent Hypoplastic Semilunar Valve Formation" Circulation Research, v.113, 2013, p..

Harmon, KA; Lane, BA; Eberth, JF; Yost, MJ; Friedman, HI; Goodwin, RL "The Use of a Degradable Biomaterial to Regulate Fibrosis at the Implant-Host Interface" Microscopy and Microanalysis, v.22, 2016, p.1052-1053.

Varadaraj, A; Patel, P; Serrao, A; Bandyopadhay, T; Lee, NY; Jazaeri, AA; Huang, Z; Murphy, SK; Mythreye, K "Epigenetic Regulation of GDF2 Suppresses Anoikis in Ovarian and Breast Epithelia" Neoplasia, v.17, 2015, p.826-838.

X. F. Yang and Y. Sun and Q. Wang "A Phase Field Approach for Multicellular Aggregate Fusion in Biofabrication" Journal of Biomechanical Engineering-Transactions of the Asme, v.135, 2013, p..

Zhang, Yong-Mei and Noto, Jennifer M and Hammond, Charles E and Barth, Jeremy L and Argraves, W Scott and Backert, Steffen and Peek, Richard M and Smolka, Adam J "Helicobacter pylori-induced posttranscriptional regulation of HK-ATPase $\alpha$-subunit gene expression by miRNA" American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, v.306, 2014, p.G606--G61.

Gong, Y; Liu, X; Wang, Q "Fully Discretized Energy Schemes for Hydrodynamic Equations Governing Two-Phase Viscous Fluid Flows" Journal of Scientific Computing, v., 2016, p.1-25.

Leng, S; Iwanowycz, S; Saaoud, F; Wang, J; Wang, Y; Sergin, I; Razani, B, Fan, D "Ursolic acid enhances macrophage autophagy and attenuates atherogenesis" Journal of Lipid Research, v.57, 2016, p.1001-1016.

Vasquez, PA; Hul, C; Adalsteinsson, D; Lawrimore. J; Forest, MG; Bloom, K. "Entropy gives rise to topologically associating domains" Nucleic Acids Research, v.44, 2016, p.5540-5549.

A. Rachev and S. Greenwald and T. Shazly "Are Geometrical and Structural Variations Along the Length of the Aorta Governed by a Principle of "Optimal Mechanical Operation"?" Journal of Biomechanical Engineering-Transactions of the Asme, v.135, 2013, p..

Liang, Q; Dong, S; Lei, L; Liu, J; Zhang, J; Li, J; Duan, J; Fan, D "Protective effects of Sparstolonin B, a selective TLR2 and TLR4 antagonist, on mouse endotoxin shock" Cytokine, v.75, 2015, p.302-309.

Twal, Waleed O and Klatt, Sandra C and Harikrishnan, Keerthi and Gerges, Ebtesam and Cooley, Marion A and Trusk, Thomas C and Zhou, Boran and Gabr, Mohamed G and Shazly, Tarek and Lessner, Susan M and others "Cellularized microcarriers as adhesive building blocks for fabrication of tubular tissue constructs" Annals of biomedical engineering, v.42, 2014, p.1470--148.

C. A. Czajka and A. N. Mehesz and T. C. Trusk and M. J. Yost and C. J. Drake "Scaffold-free tissue engineering: organization of the tissue cytoskeleton and its effects on tissue shape" Ann Biomed Eng, v.42, 2014, p.1049--106.

Vasquez, PA; Jin Y; Palmer E; Hill D; Forest MG "Modeling and Simulation of Mucus Flow in Human Bronchial Epithelial Cell Cultures ? Part I: Idealized Axisymmetric Swirling Flow" PLOS Computational Biology, v.12, 2016, p.1-28.

X. K. Fang and L. Hansen and F. Haso and P. C. Yin and A. Pandey and L. Engelhardt and I. Slowing and T. Li and T. B. Liu and M. Luban and D. C. Johnston "{Mo24Fe12} Macrocycles: Anion Templation with Large Polyoxometalate Guests" Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, v.52, 2013, p.10500--10.

Gomez, Angela C and Yamaguchi, Naohiro "Two Regions of the Ryanodine Receptor Calcium Channel Are Involved in Ca2+-Dependent Inactivation" Biochemistry, v.53, 2014, p.1373--137.

A. Sinha and A. Shaporev and N. Nosoudi and Y. Lei and A. Vertegel and S. Lessner and N. Vyavahare "Nanoparticla targeting to diseased vasculature for imaging and therapy" Nanomedicine, v., 2013, p..

B. A. Law and W. E. Carver "Activation of Cardiac Fibroblasts by Ethanol Is Blocked by TGF-beta Inhibition" Alcoholism-Clinical and Experimental Research, v.37, 2013, p.1286--129.

H. Tavori and D. P. Fan and S. L. Yang and A. B. Fogo and M. F. Linton and S. Fazio "EXPRESSION OF APOE(SENDAI) BY MACROPHAGES CAUSES LIPOPROTEIN GLOMERULOPATHY WHILE SUPPRESSING ATHEROSCLEROSIS" Atherosclerosis, v.233, 2014, p.327--327.

Benzing, Travis and Wilhoit, Cameron and Wright, Sharee and McCann, P Aaron and Lessner, Susan and Brothers, Thomas E "Standard duplex criteria overestimate the degree of stenosis after eversion carotid endarterectomy" Journal of vascular surgery, v., 2015, p..

Y. Lei and A. Sinha and N. Nasoudi and N. R. Vyavahare "Hydroxyapatite and calcified elastin induce osteoblastic differentiation of rat aortic smooth muscle cells" Angiogenesis, v.17, 2014, p.289--289.

Visconti, RP; Awgulewitsch, A "Topographic Patterns of Vascular Disease: HOX Proteins as Determining Factors?" World Journal of Biological Chemistry, v.6, 2015, p.65-70.

Y. Sun and Q. Wang "Modeling and simulations of multicellular aggregate self-assembly in biofabrication using kinetic Monte Carlo methods" Soft Matter, v.9, 2013, p.2172--218.

Watson, SR; Lessner, SM "(Second) Harmonic Disharmony: Nonlinear Microscopy Shines New Light on the Pathology of Atherosclerosis" Microscopy and Microanalysis, v.22, 2016, p.589-593.

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Project Outcomes Report


This Project Outcomes Report for the General Public is displayed verbatim as submitted by the Principal Investigator (PI) for this award. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Report are those of the PI and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation; NSF has not approved or endorsed its content.

The primary objectives of the 2009 NSF Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) award (OIA-1317771) – to create a statewide transdisciplinary culture of innovation in tissue science and engineering research while producing a diverse group of graduates and trainees who will be creative innovators in an emerging tissue engineering industry -- have been achieved. Major outcomes include the recruitment of 29 new tenure-track assistant professors across seven different institutions. Faculty participants have secured >$44M in non-EPSCoR/IDeA grants while generating 295 research publications. Of the 29 faculty members hired: 27 have been retained, 10 have completed 3rd year pre-tenure review, 3 received early promotion with tenure, and together they have secured >$20M in non-EPSCoR/IDeA support. For the award, 2 utility patents and 1 continuation patent have been granted (US 8,409,603; 8,241,905; and 8,680,182), 1 continuation patent allowed (US 20130236431 A1) and one under review (US 20120288938 A1), and 12 inventions have been disclosed. Project investigators also established Synovidah, LLC, a woman-owned startup medical device and wound healing company that filed three patent disclosures in 2015: 1.) Fibroblast endothelial cell constructs treated with S1P, Inventors Yost, Drake, Czajka; 2.) Biodegradable Bile Stent, Inventors Rodriguez-Rivera, Yost and Chavin; and 3) Smart Wound Healing Matrix, Inventors Yost, Fan, Rhett and Rodriguez.

The most significant outcome was progressive development of the printing technology (Figure 1) and biological materials (bioink) needed to construct, layer by layer, a prototype blood vessel 4-5 mm in diameter and 27-30 mm in length, anatomically similar to naturally occurring blood vessels (Figure 2). This and other scientific outcomes were published on NSF's SEE Innovation website ( The intellectual merit of this work is that this represents the first demonstration that a blood vessel can be printed from living, 300 um spheroid-shaped, building blocks (Figure 3). This was achieved by new faculty members hired under the aegis of this project. The breakthrough is now facilitating the assembly of complex tissues not attainable with conventional tissue engineering approaches. Computational simulation of mechanisms of cellular and tissue component interactions underpinned the development of this new bioprinting technology. The simulation and modeling efforts were led by nine new interdisciplinary tenure-track hires made at the University of South Carolina (USC), and two non-tenure track hires having complementary computational expertise. A cluster-based hiring approach established a core of 3 faculty in applied biomathematics engaged in the project, of which the first 2 received early promotion with tenure (P&T) and the third has successfully completed her third year review. All three have received independent non-EPSCoR NSF support totaling >$10.1M (DMS-1318866, 1308948, 1019544, 1410047, 1620219 and 1620212). The third faculty member (hired at USC in 2013) will put forth her folder for early P&T in 2017. An assistant professor hired into the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at USC in Year 1 has independently secured >$3M in non-EPSCoR research funding for which he served as PI or Co-PI (AHA-10SDG4110005, NHLBI-R21HL106325, and R01HL106845; NCCAM/OD-R21AT006767; and NIH/PPG- P01AT003961). This faculty member was provided early P&T during Year 4 of the award. Four junior faculty targeted by Clemson University garnered more than $2.5M in non-EPSCoR NSF support including one CAREER award (CBET-1254609).

The NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 program, when used as a new tenure-track hiring initiative, is shown to have a significant impact on diversity and broadening participation in the STEM professoriate through the engagement of a diverse set of institutions and disciplines. Of 29 faculty additions, five are African American, one is Hispanic, with expertise in genomics and cell biology (2), biomathematics (2), and materials chemistry (2). Faculty members were hired into two different HBCUs, one predominantly undergraduate institution, and a comprehensive research institution. Three of six women faculty hired under the award were additions to Departments of Computer Science (2) and Chemistry and Biochemistry (1), yielding a net outcome of 31% (9/29) in the recruitment of underrepresented minorities and individuals from underrepresented groups into tenure-track positions. Workforce development goals were focused on establishing new B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. programs. With the newly hired faculty: the Department of Mathematics at USC now offers new M.S. and Ph.D. tracks in applied and computational mathematics; USC at Beaufort established a new B.S. program in Computational Science; Clemson University established a new M.S. program in Biomedical Engineering; and USC developed a new Biomedical Technology track as part of the M.S. in Biomedical Science. A URM hire at Furman in materials science was instrumental in securing an NSF S-STEM proposal (DUE-1154413); while three faculty hired under the award secured an S-STEM at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort (DUE-1259283) to sustain their computational science program. A new hire acquired at Voorhees College during the award generated the first single investigator NSF support in institutional history (HRD-1238332).

Last Modified: 09/29/2016
Modified by: Prakash Nagarkatti

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