Joyce Y Wong

Joyce Y Wong
Boston University | BU · Department of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering

PhD

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Our nationwide network of BME women faculty collectively argue that racial funding disparity by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) remains the most insidious barrier to success of Black faculty in our profession. We thus refocus attention on this critical barrier and suggest solutions on how it can be dismantled.
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Aortic carboxypeptidase-like protein (ACLP) is a collagen-binding extracellular matrix (ECM) protein that has important roles in wound healing and fibrosis. ACLP contains thrombospondin repeats, a collagen-binding discoidin domain, and a catalytically inactive metallocarboxypeptidase domain. Recently, mutations in the ACLP-encoding gene, AE-binding...
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Objective: Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles (SPIONs) are widely researched as contrast agents in clinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). SPIONs are frequently coated with anti-biofouling substances such as poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) to prevent protein deposition and improve circulation time in vivo. However, few previous studies have...
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Hemodialysis constitutes the lifeline of patients with end stage renal disease, yet the parameters that affect hemodialyzer performance remain incompletely understood. We developed a computational model of mass transfer and solute transport in a hollow-fiber dialyzer to gain greater insight into the determinant factors. The model predicts fluid vel...
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The present state of reproductive and sexual health around the world reveals disparities in contraceptive use and effectiveness. Unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection transmission rates remain high even with current prevention methods. The 20th century saw a contraceptive revolution with biomedical innovation driving the success o...
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Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) provide a potential source for the derivation of smooth muscle cells (SMCs); however, current approaches are limited by the production of heterogeneous cell types and a paucity of tools or markers for tracking and purifying candidate SMCs. Here, we develop murine and human iPSC lines carrying fluorochrome repo...
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Superparamagnetic nanoparticles (SPIONs) can be used as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) signal enhancement agents for petroleum exploration.1 This enhancement effect is uniform if SPIONs are monodisperse in size and in composition; yet it is challenging to synthesize monodisperse particles that do not aggregate in high salinity petroleum brine. He...
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Here we propose a bio‐MEMS device designed to evaluate contractile force and conduction velocity of cell sheets in response to mechanical and electrical stimulation of the cell source as it grows to form a cellular sheet. Moreover, the design allows for incorporation of patient‐specific data and cell sources: an optimized device would allow cell sh...
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The extracellular matrix is well known for its structural role in supporting cells and tissues, and its important biochemical role in providing signals to cells has increasingly become apparent. These structural and biochemical roles are closely coupled through mechanical forces: the biochemistry of the extracellular matrix determines its mechanica...
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Viscoelasticity is a fundamental property of virtually all biological materials, and proteinaceous, fibrous materials that constitute the extracellular matrix (ECM) are no exception. Viscoelasticity may be particularly important in the ECM since cells can apply mechanical stress resulting from cell contractility over very long periods of time. Howe...
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The development of new therapies for surgical adhesions has proven to be difficult as there is no consistently effective way to assess treatment efficacy in clinical trials without performing a second surgery, which can result in additional adhesions. We have developed lipid microbubble formulations that use a short peptide sequence, CREKA, to targ...
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Silk‐elastin‐like‐protein polymers (SELPs) are genetically engineered recombinant protein sequences consisting of repeating units of silk‐like and elastin‐like blocks. By combining these entities, it is shown that both the characteristic strength of silk and the temperature‐dependent responsiveness of elastin can be leveraged to create an enhanced...
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The impact of the protein-rich in vivo environment on targeted binding of functionalized nanoparticles has been an active field of research over the past several years. Current research aims at better understanding the nature of the protein corona and how it may be possible for targeted binding to occur even in the presence of serum. Much of the cu...
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Impact statement: This work explores placental tissue as a cell source for fabrication of tissue-engineered surgical patches for myocardial repair of congenital heart defects. This study demonstrates promising findings for the clinically driven evaluation of the cell source as defined by potential cardiac benefit, compatibility, cell source availa...
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Invasion of the extracellular matrix is a critical step in the colonization of metastatic tumors. The invasion process is thought to be driven by both chemokine signaling and interactions between invading cancer cells and physical components of the metastatic niche, including endothelial cells that line capillary walls and serve as a barrier to bot...
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Extracellular matrix composition and stiffness are known to be critical determinants of cell behavior, modulating processes including differentiation, traction generation, and migration. Recent studies have demonstrated that the ECM composition can modulate how cells migrate in response to gradients in environmental stiffness, altering a cell's abi...
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Silk is a promising material for biomedical applications and much research is focused on how application-specific, mechanical properties of silk can be designed synthetically through proper amino acid sequences and processing parameters. This protocol describes an iterative process between research disciplines that combines simulation, genetic synt...
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Accurate prediction and validation of the assembly of bioinspired peptide sequences into fibers with defined mechanical characteristics would aid significantly in designing and creating materials with desired properties. This process may also be utilized to provide insight into how the molecular architecture of many natural protein fibers is assemb...
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Silkworm silk is an attractive biopolymer for biomedical applications due to its high mechanical strength and biocompatibility; as a result, there is increasing interest in scalable devices to spin silk and recombinant silk so as to improve and customize their properties for diverse biomedical purposes.[1] While artificial spinning of regenerated s...
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Engineered tissues represent an increasingly promising therapeutic approach for correcting structural defects and promoting tissue regeneration in cardiovascular diseases. One of the challenges associated with this approach has been the necessity for the replacement tissue to promote sufficient vascularization to maintain functionality after implan...
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Silk is a natural polymer with broad utility in biomedical applications because it exhibits general biocompatibility and high tensile material properties. While mechanical integrity is important for most biomaterial applications, proper function and integration also requires biomaterial incorporation into complex surrounding tissues for many physio...
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Tailored biomaterials with tunable functional properties are crucial for a variety of task-specific applications ranging from healthcare to sustainable, novel bio–nanodevices. To generate polymeric materials with predictive functional outcomes, exploiting designs from nature while morphing them toward non-natural systems offers an important strateg...
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In arterial tissue engineering, mimicking native structure and mechanical properties is essential because compliance mismatch can lead to graft failure and further disease. With bottom-up tissue engineering approaches, designing tissue components with proper microscale mechanical properties is crucial to achieve the necessary macroscale properties...
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Mismatch of hierarchical structure and mechanical properties between tissue-engineered implants and native tissue may result in signal cues that negatively impact repair and remodeling. With bottom-up tissue engineering approaches, designing tissue components with proper microscale mechanical properties is crucial to achieve necessary macroscale pr...
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Microbubbles have been used in ultrasound-assisted drug delivery to help target solid tumors via blood vessels in vivo; however, studies to understand the phenomena at the cellular level and to optimize parameters for ultrasound or microbubbles in vivo are challenging and expensive to perform. Here, we utilize microfluidic microvessels-on-a-chip th...
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Mechanical compliance has been demonstrated to be a key determinant of cell behavior, directing processes such as spreading, migration, and differentiation. Durotaxis, directional migration from softer to more stiff regions of a substrate, has been observed for a variety of cell types. Recent stiffness mapping experiments have shown that local chan...
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Tissue-engineered cardiovascular patches, cardiac valves, and great vessels are emerging solutions for the surgical treatment of congenital cardiovascular abnormalities due to their potential for adapting with the growing child. The ideal pediatric cardiovascular patch/graft is non-thrombogenic, phenotypically compatible, and matches the compliance...
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Current trends in biomaterial designs require a detailed understanding of structure-function relationships in order to efficiently address specific utilities. As a prototype, spider silk has been widely studied with diversified characterization or simulation methods, exploiting the integration of experimental and modeling approaches to gain insight...
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Elastomeric, robust, and biocompatible hydrogels are rare, while the need for these types of biomaterials in biomedical-related uses remains high. Here, a new family of genetically engineered silk-elastin-like proteins (SELPs) with encoded enzymatic crosslinking sites is developed for a new generation of stimuli-responsive yet robust hydrogels. Inp...
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Chemotaxis is typically studied in vitro using commercially available products such as the Transwell® in which cells migrate through a porous membrane in response to one or more clearly defined chemotactic stimuli. Despite its widespread use, the Transwell assay suffers from being largely an endpoint assay, with built-in errors due to inconsistent...
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How metastatic cancer lesions survive and grow in secondary locations is not fully understood. There is a growing appreciation for the importance of tumor components, i.e. microenvironmental cells, in this process. Here, we used a simple microfabricated dual cell culture platform with a 500 μm gap to assess interactions between two different metast...
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Current cell sheet-based blood vessels lack biomimetic structure and require excessively long culture times that may compromise smooth muscle cell phenotype. We modified a commercially available product for uniaxial cell sheet conditioning with thermoresponsive copolymers. Thus, culture of detachable conditioned cell sheets is shortened while retai...
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There is a critical need to formulate stable micron-sized oil droplets as hydrophobic drug carriers for efficient drug encapsulation, long-term storage, and sustained drug release. Microfluidic methods were developed to maximize the stability of micron-sized, oil-in-water (o/w) emulsions for potential use in drug delivery, using doxorubicin-loaded...
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This article reviews fundamental and applied aspects of silk–one of Nature’s most intriguing materials in terms of its strength, toughness, and biological role–in its various forms, from protein molecules to webs and cocoons, in the context of mechanical and biological properties. A central question that will be explored is how the bridging of scal...
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Scalable computational modelling tools are required to guide the rational design of complex hierarchical materials with predictable functions. Here, we utilize mesoscopic modelling, integrated with genetic block copolymer synthesis and bioinspired spinning process, to demonstrate de novo materials design that incorporates chemistry, processing and...
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Analyses of biomedical images often rely on demarcating the boundaries of biological structures (segmentation). While numerous approaches are adopted to address the segmentation problem including collecting annotations from domain-experts and automated algorithms, the lack of comparative benchmarking makes it challenging to determine the current st...
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Complex hierarchical organization is a hallmark of tissues and their subsequent integration into organs. A major challenge in tissue engineering is to generate arrays of cells with defined structural organization that display appropriate functional properties. Given what is known about cellular responses to physiochemical cues from the surrounding...
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Disrupted hierarchical structure in blood vessels following cardiovascular injury may contribute to maladaptive remodeling and lead to changes in mechanical properties. Cell-based tissue-engineered constructs that mimic native structures can actively adapt to guide remodeling, growth, and self-maintenance at the injury site. Cell sheet engineering...
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For patients suffering from severe coronary heart disease, the development of a cell-based tissue engineered blood vessel (TEBV) has great potential to overcome current issues with synthetic graft materials. While marrow stromal cells (MSC) are a promising source of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) for TEBV construction, they have been shown to...
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Clinically, ultrasound (US) has been used as a cheap, quick, and effective form of imaging that provides information useful for diagnostic purposes. With the advent of microbubbles as US contrast agents, this simple imaging technique has evolved into a tool capable of providing molecularly targeted visualization of disease and controlled delivery o...
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Spider silks have been a focus of research for almost two decades due to their outstanding mechanical and biophysical properties. Recent advances in genetic engineering have led to the synthesis of recombinant spider silks, thus helping to unravel a fundamental understanding of structure–function–property relationships. The relationships between mo...
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This chapter reviews the current techniques for bio-inspired cardiovascular materials. It talks about tissue engineering tools for imparting hierarchical structures into cardiovascular tissue constructs using scaffolds, bioreactors and biomolecules, and manipulations to cell sources, as well as methods of scaffold-less tissue engineering. Tissue en...
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Bioengineered spider silk block copolymers were studied to understand the effect of protein chain length and sequence chemistry on the formation of secondary structure and materials assembly. Using a combination of in vitro protein design and assembly studies, we demonstrate that silk block copolymers possessing multiple repetitive units self-assem...
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This work shows that multiple length-scales must be considered concurrently to explain a polymer fiber's impressive mechanical performance and resilience. The considerations of interatomic interactions alone cannot explain the fracture strength observed in biological fibers. Instead, the fracture strength of a fiber depends strongly on the length-s...
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Superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) nanoparticles have the potential to be used in the characterization of porous rock formations in oil fields as a contrast agent for NMR logging because they are small enough to traverse through nanopores and enhance contrast by shortening NMR T2 relaxation time. However, successful development and application req...
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Biological cells are major building blocks of tissues and organs of living organisms. These cells are also being used as biomarkers for diagnosis and sources for regenerative medicine. To better understand and even regulate diverse activities of cells, materials capable of interacting with cells have been designed by integrating various material ch...
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Ultrasound contrast imaging using micron-sized bubbles (less than 8 µm in diameter) has demonstrated detectable echogenic signals in vivo. However, challenges remain in terms of producing monodisperse microbubbles stable against destruction from aggregation and gas dissolution for improving blood circulation times and reducing clogging of small blo...
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A molecular theoretical description is developed to describe the adsorption of nanoparticles (NP) that are coated with polymers and functionalized with (surface) acid groups. Results are presented for the adsorption onto both negatively and positively charged surfaces as a function of pH and salt concentration, polymer coating and NP size. An impor...
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Microbubbles stabilized by a surfactant or polymer coating are already in clinical use as ultrasound imaging contrast agents. They have also been widely investigated as vehicles for drug delivery and gene therapy that can be tracked and triggered using ultrasound. Extensive studies have been made of the effects of the coating material and gas core...
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The mechanical properties of spider silks drive interest as sources of new materials. However, there remains a lot to learn regarding the relationships between sequence, structure, and mechanical properties. In order to predict the types of sequence–functional relationships, synthesis–characterization–computation are integrated using recombinant sp...
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Finding the outline of an object in an image is a fundamental step in many vision-based applications. It is important to demonstrate that the segmentation found accurately represents the contour of the object in the image. The discrepancy measure model for segmentation analysis focuses on selecting an appropriate discrepancy measure to compute a sc...
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Tailored materials with tunable properties are crucial for applications as biomaterials, for drug delivery, as functional coatings, or as lightweight composites. An emerging paradigm in designing such materials is the construction of hierarchical assemblies of simple building blocks into complex architectures with superior properties. We review thi...
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Ultrasound contrast agents using micron-sized bubbles (less than 8 µm in diameter) have the potential to be drug delivery vehicles in addition to providing targeted molecular imaging. However, several challenges remain in terms of producing monodisperse microbubbles stable against gas dissolution for improving blood circulation times. In the case o...
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Ultrasound contrast agents using micron-sized bubbles (less than 8 µm in diameter) have potential to be drug delivery vehicles in addition to targeted molecular imaging. However, challenge remains in terms of producing monodisperse microbubbles stable against gas dissolution for improving blood circulation times. In the case of drug delivery, it is...
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We propose a method that automatically tracks and segments living cells in phase-contrast image sequences, especially for cells that deform and interact with each other or clutter. We formulate the problem as a many-to-one elastic partial matching problem between closed curves. We introduce Double Cyclic Dynamic Time Warping for the scenario where...
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Tailored biomaterials with tunable functional properties are desirable for many applications ranging from drug delivery to regenerative medicine. To improve the predictability of biopolymer materials functionality, multiple design parameters need to be considered, along with appropriate models. In this article we review the state of the art of synt...
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The detection of superparamagnetic nanoparticles using NMR logging has the potential to provide enhanced contrast in oil reservoir rock formations. The stability of the nanoparticles is critical because the NMR relaxivity (R(2) ≡ 1/T(2)) is dependent on the particle size. Here we use a molecular theory to predict and validate experimentally the sta...
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Monodisperse gas microbubbles, encapsulated with a shell of photopolymerizable diacetylene lipids and phospholipids, were produced by microfluidic flow focusing, for use as ultrasound contrast agents. The stability of the polymerized shell microbubbles against both aggregation and gas dissolution under physiological conditions was studied. Polyethy...
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The development of atherosclerosis involves phenotypic changes among vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) that correlate with stiffening and remodeling of the extracellular matrix (ECM). VSMCs are highly sensitive to the composition and mechanical state of the surrounding ECM, and ECM remodeling during atherosclerosis likely contributes to patholog...
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For an arterial replacement graft to be effective, it must possess the appropriate strength in order to withstand long-term hemodynamic stress without failure, yet be compliant enough that the mismatch between the stiffness of the graft and the native vessel wall is minimized. The native vessel wall is a structurally complex tissue characterized by...
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In pediatric patients requiring vascular reconstruction, the development of a cell-based tissue-engineered vascular patch (TEVP) has great potential to overcome current issues with nonliving graft materials. Determining the optimal cell source is especially critical to TEVP success. In this study, we compared the ability of human aortic smooth musc...