Rheology fingerprinting

Project summary

Understanding how biological fluids, with extremely fragile and complex rheology, flow during use in the body is critical to our ability to treat problems in sinuses, knees, elbows, the spine, and blood vessels. We also seek to develop ways to “fingerprint” such fluids as a way to create artificial mimics that enhance our ability to engineer biomedical materials.

Project objectives

  • adapt a new microrheology technique to allow “fingerprinting” of small volumes of complex biofluids
  • study the complex flows of these fluids in porous media like cartilage and bone
  • create artificial biofluids to aid treatment and prosthetic development