Primary Faculty

Harihara Baskaran, Ph.D.

Harihara Baskaran,
Associate Professor

Office: A.W. Smith 111C, Dept. of Chemical Engineering
Phone: (216) 368-1029
Fax: (216) 368-3016
Mail Address: A.W. Smith 111C Department of Chemical Engineering Case Western Reserve University 10900 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44106-7217

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• Department of Biomedical Engineering
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Research Summary

Microvascular Tissue Engineering: Tissue engineering has the potential to revolutionize healthcare. A significant challenge in tissue engineering is to overcome substrate mass transfer limitations, which if ignored can result in a product that will not function adequately. The main goal of this research is to design and build microvascular flow analogs that can be used to overcome nutrient limitations in tissue-engineered products.

Cell Transport: Cell transport is important in several physiological and pathological processes such as inflammation, embryogenesis, cancer metastasis and wound healing. Several mechanisms of cell transport have been identified: passive transport through random diffusion and active transport via convection and mechanisms such as chemotaxis, chemokinesis, and haptotaxis. The main goal of this research is to understand various mechanisms of cell transport and to modulate the growth of cell monolayers.

Recent Publications

•  H. Baskaran*, Noo Li Jeon*, S. W. Dertinger, L. Van De Water, G. M. Whitesides, and M. Toner. "Neutrophil Chemotaxis in Linear and Complex Gradients of Il-8 Formed in a Microfabricated Device", Nature Biotechnology, 20, 826-830, 2002.
•  H. Baskaran*, P. Roy*, A. W. Tilles, M. L. Yarmush, and M. Toner. "Analysis of Oxygen Transport to Hepatocytes in a Flat-Plate Microchannel Bioreactor", Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 29, 947-955, 2001.
•  A. W. Tilles, H. Baskaran, P. Roy, M. L. Yarmush, and M. Toner. "Effects of Oxygenation and Flow on the Viability and Function of Rat Hepatocytes Co-Cultured in a Microchannel Flat-Plate Bioreactor", Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 73, 379-89, 2001.
•  H. Baskaran, V. Nodelman, and J.S. Ultman. "Gas-Liquid Desorption Through Blind-Ended Microporous Hollow Fibers for an Intravascular Artificial Lung", Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 37, 4142-51, 1998.
*Co-First Authors


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