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Heart failure • heart assist devices • mitral valve • stem cells • medical device design
My research involves the use of stem cell-based therapies for cardiac repair and regeneration after a myocardial infarction. The identification of an appropriate stem cell source for cardiac repair applications is currently under investigation. Furthermore, the use of bioactive scaffolds remains a promising avenue to improve current regenerative approaches. My most recent work investigates the regenerative potential of the secretome derived from stem cells, rather than using the cells themselves as a novel avenue for regenerative medicine. The results of this work will improve patient outcomes after a heart attack occurs by reducing the progression of the disease to heart failure.