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Higuita-Castro Lab Featured in the Ohio State Alumni Magazine

Updated: Jul 12, 2022

Research from the Higuita-Castro Nano-Medicine lab was featured in a story from the Ohio State Alumni Magazine.


Research from the Higuita-Castro Nano-Medicine lab was featured in a story from the Ohio State Alumni Magazine. This story featured research being performed which looks at utilizing a nanotechnology-centric approach to engineering insulin-producing pancreatic islets for those suffering from Type 1 Diabetes.

"The beauty lies in the fact that these microscopic structures are fundamental to maintain proper pancreatic function and to sustain vital functions of organs and systems in the human body" -Natalia Higuita-Castro

From the story: "Novel nanotechnology is helping researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering develop therapies for metabolic disorders such as diabetes. In a person with type 1 diabetes, pancreatic islets that normally carry out the endocrine function of the pancreas are compromised or damaged. This image, captured by Lilibeth Ortega-Pineda, a doctoral student in the Higuita-Castro lab, depicts an engineered, or lab-produced, islet. 'Our goal is to develop approaches to engineer islets to address such deficiencies,' says Natalia Higuita-Castro, assistant professor in biomedical engineering and surgery. In the image, the colors red and green represent positive expression of hormones normally produced by the pancreas to regulate glucose metabolism. Blue represents the cell nuclei. 'The beauty lies in the fact that these microscopic structures are fundamental to maintain proper pancreatic function and to sustain vital functions of organs and systems in the human body,' Higuita-Castro says."

 

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