Hyunjoon (Joon) Kong
Hyunjoon (Joon) Kong, Ph.D.
Professor
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Interim Director, Bioengineering Graduate Program
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana?Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801, United States
http://www.scs.illinois.edu/hjkong/
Email: hjkong06@illinois.edu

Biography:

Dr. Hyunjoon Kong is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a Centennial Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He also holds affiliation with the Department of Bioengineering, Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology, and Neuroscience Program. He received his engineering education from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (Ph. D. 2001) and performed post-doctoral research at the University of Michigan and Harvard University. He joined the University of Illinois in 2007. During the academic life, he received the Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association, the Career Award from NSF, Center for Advanced Study Fellowship, UIUC Engineering Dean's Award for Research Excellence, Centennial Scholar, and Promotion Award. He was recently elected to an AIMBE Fellow. Up to dates, he has published 120 papers in various peer-reviewed journals.


Abstract:

Biofabrication of Neuromuscular Junction
 
Neuromuscular junctions (NMJ), a biochemical synapse formed between the motor neurons and skeletal muscle, serve a vital role in skeletal muscle movement. Efforts have been increasingly made to engineer NMJs in vitro for both fundamental and applied biological studies. It is common to co-culture motor neurons and skeletal muscle cells and to observe the morphology of resulting NMJs. As such, there are grand needs to improve the functionality of engineered NMJs by reproducing the developmental process of muscle. In this talk, I will present surface-patterned and soft platforms that can regulate cross-talks between the neuron and muscle cells for enhanced neural innervation into myofibers and, in turn, controlled muscular contraction and relaxation. I will also present usefulness of the engineered NMJs to fabricate an advanced disease and drug screening platforms and also living biological  machinery.
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