Dr. Kang has long been interested in integrating mechanical engineering technologies into bio-applications. His Ph.D. work at Pohang University of Science and Engineering (POSTECH) in Pohang, South Korea, was in design, characterization, and evaluation of an in vitro cell stimulation device with biophysical stimuli for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He also utilized additive manufacturing techniques to provide a three-dimensional environment for cells during culture. He optimized the parameters of electromagnetic field and ultrasound stimuli to specifically enhance cellular functions and evaluated their combined effects with a biomimetic stimulus on bone regeneration. He further pursued how mechanical stimuli affect cellular metabolism and behavior (i.e., mechanotransduction) as a post-doctoral fellow at Indiana University School of Medicine. He utilized genetically modified mice to observe which cellular mechanisms are associated with external mechanical loading to bones, especially via the Wnt signaling pathway. Additionally, he has worked to develop a reliable osteocyte in vitro culture model using 3D-shaped collagen and mechanical stimuli.
He has served at Marian University since 2022.
Tissue engineering, Regenerative medicine, 3D printing, 3D scanning, Bone biology, Biomedical devices, kinematic mechanism, robotics, engineering entrepreneurship, engineering education, STEM education.
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