Supporting the Heart
Jan Stegemann, assistant professor of biomedical
engineering, is combining nanotechnology and tissue engineering
to develop new cellular tissue that can bridge and support
damaged regions of the cardiovascular system.
The research is being funded through a $200,000 grant awarded
by the New York State Office of Science, Technology and
Academic Research (NYSTAR) James D. Watson Investigator
Program. The award is one of 10 across the state designed to
recognize and support outstanding scientists and engineers who,
early in their careers, show potential for leadership and
scientific discovery in the field of biotechnology.
The money will allow Stegemann to advance a novel project
aimed at creating a living heart wall patch for the treatment
of congestive heart failure and congenital heart defects.
“We applaud Governor George Pataki, Senator Joseph Bruno, and
NYSTAR for their dedication to strengthening biotechnology
research in New York state, and for their foresight in
supporting rising stars like Jan Stegemann,” President Shirley
Ann Jackson said.
“Dr. Stegemann’s research will significantly advance the
state-of-the-art in terms of biomaterials and medical
applications of nanotechnology and it will help build
Rensselaer’s fast-growing reputation as a world-class life
sciences center,” said Russell Bessette, NYSTAR executive
The James D. Watson Investigator initiative is part of the
$225 million Generating Employment through New York State
Science (Gen*NY*sis) program, which was created to maximize the
potential of the world-class life sciences research being
conducted at New York’s public, not-for-profit, and private
academic research institutions.
Originally published in
Rensselaer Magazine, Fall 2004
Photo by Mark McCarty