Designing Biomaterial Platforms for Cardiac Tissue and Disease Modeling

Andrew House, Iren Atalla, Eun Jung Lee, Murat Guvendiren

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Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the world. There is a growing demand for in vitro cardiac models that can recapitulate the complex physiology of the cardiac tissue. These cardiac models can provide a platform to better understand the underlying mechanisms of cardiac development and disease and aid in developing novel treatment alternatives and platforms toward personalized medicine. Herein, a summary of engineered cardiac platforms is presented. Basic design considerations for replicating the heart's microenvironment are discussed considering the anatomy of the heart. This is followed by a detailed summary of the currently available biomaterial platforms for modeling the heart tissue in vitro. These in vitro models include 2D surface modified structures, 3D molded structures, porous scaffolds, electrospun scaffolds, bioprinted structures, and heart-on-a-chip devices. The challenges faced by current models and the future directions of in vitro cardiac models are also discussed. Engineered in vitro tissue models utilizing patients’ own cells can potentially revolutionize the way we develop treatment and diagnostic alternatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2000022
JournalAdvanced NanoBiomed Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Biomaterials


  • biomaterials
  • cardiac disease
  • cardiac tissue engineering
  • cardiac tissue models
  • heart-on-a-chip


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