Dr. Dan Dongeun HuhThe ScienceDaily article Researchers Develop Living, Breathing Human Lung-on-a-Chip said
Researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston have created a device that mimics a living, breathing human lung on a microchip. The device, about the size of a rubber eraser, acts much like a lung in a human body and is made using human lung and blood vessel cells.
“We were inspired by how breathing works in the human lung through the creation of a vacuum that is created when our chest expands, which sucks air into the lung and causes the air sac walls to stretch,” says first author Dan Huh, a Wyss technology development fellow at the Institute. “Our use of a vacuum to mimic this in our microengineered system was based on design principles from nature.”
Dan Dongeun Huh, Ph.D. is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Don
Ingber’s lab at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston.
Dan has authored over 20 papers in Nature, Nature Materials, PNAS, and other research journals, and has won numerous awards including Distinguished Achievement Award from Michigan, Widmer Best Poster Award from microTAS, and Horace H. Rackham Fellowship.
His research at the Wyss Institute focuses on the development of novel bioinspired/biomimetic microsystems that can reproduce integrated structure and function of human organs.
Dan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul National University in 2000, Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering in 2002, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2007.