Welcome to Vascular Bioengineering Laboratory ?Tan Lab at University of Colorado


  • Materials and Devices in Medicine (MCEN 4228/5228):
    The main objective of this multidisciplinary course is to provide students with a broad survey of biomaterials and their use in medical devices for restoring or replacing the functions of injured, diseased, or aged human tissues and organs. The course is oriented towards biomaterials engineering, testing and applications in medical devices for surgery, implant and regenerative medicine. The focus is placed on design principles for medical materials. The topics to be covered include: biomaterials evolution in the medical device industry, a broad introduction to the materials used in medicine and their chemical, physical, and biological properties, different properties of synthetic and biological materials, materials interaction with the human body, basic mechanisms of wound healing, biocompatibility issues, testing methods and techniques in accordance with standards and relevant regulations, biofunctionalities required for specific applications, as well as the stateof-the-art approaches for the development of new regenerative materials targeting cellular mechanisms.  [Syllabus]
  • 3D Bioprinting & Biofabrication (MCEN 4228/5228):
    This course is of interest for students with a bio/medical, material chemistry or engineering background interested in the application of 3D printing and other 3D fabrication techniques in the field of medicine. It will provide insight in the opportunities of additive manufacturing technologies, micro/nano devices and 3D printing in biomedical applications. It will provide the basics of 3D printing and additive manufacturing and devices used for biofabrication, and the introduction to 3D design. In addition, it will also provide insight in the specific challenges encountered when translating 3D printing to biofabrication, such as the development of specific bioinks and the required control over processing conditions. Finally, it will provide state-of-the-art examples of how currently biofabrication is translated from bench towards the bedside. [Syllabus]
  • Microelectromechanical Systems (MCEN 5636-001)
  • Measurements Laboratory (MCEN 4228-005)[Syllabus]
  • Measurements 2 (MCEN 4047-2):
    Emphasizes experiment planning, applying sound experimental procedures, using statistics, keeping proper records, and communicating results orally, visually, and through written reports. Projects extend over several weeks and relate to solid mechanics, acoustics, electronics, and/or other ME-related disciplines. [Syllabus]
  • Experimental Design & Data Analysis (MCEN 3037):
    This class is a prerequisite for Measurements 1 Lab (MCEN 4037) and Measurements 2 Lab (MCEN 4047), and will also be of significant value in ME Design Project 1 and 2 (MCEN 4045 and 4085). Experiments, measurements, and analysis of the resulting data are at the very core of science and engineering, and thus information from this course may well be the one that you will use most frequently as a practicing engineer. In this class, you will learn how to design and implement experiments, how to process the measured data, and how to interpret and report the final result. [Syllabus]
  • Quantitative Physiology for Engineers (MCEN 4117/5117):
    The main objective of this multidisciplinary course is to explore human physiological function from an engineering, specifically mechanical engineering, viewpoint. It provides an introduction to human anatomy and physiology with a focus on learning fundamental concepts and applying quantitative and engineering (mass transfer, fluid dynamics, mechanics, modeling) analysis. Students will also learn to perform literature reviews and read scientific literature, in particular, graduate students are required to perform critical evaluations of the literatures related to physiology, pathology or in-silico modeling of physiological processes. For PhD students, the course also helps them to prepare for the preliminary exam in the bioengineering track, which requires that ¡°Every student is responsible for Units 1-3, and then each student must choose 2 ¡®systems¡¯ from Units 4-9 (nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, GI, endocrine)¡±. [Syllabus]