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Re-Building the Heart

A photograph of Yen Kong, BME Research fellow, working in a laboratory.

Yen Kong, BME Research Fellow, checks for colonies of beating heart muscle cells in the Lurie Biomedical Engineering Building. Kong, a member of the Cell Signaling in Engineered Tissues (CSET) lab that Putnam heads, developed a research program to see if fibroblasts, a cell type common in scar tissue, could be transformed into heart muscle cells. By using this method of stem cell research, Kong and Putnam hope to transform scar tissue from heart attacks into new heart muscle. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing