There aren't many scientists who have grown human cells on the back of a butterfly wing, but Alexander is one of them!
Professor Alexander Seifalian (UCL Centre for Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine) and his team are aiming to make organ donation a thing of the past, combining nano-composite materials with stem cell technologies for the growth of replacement organs.
He used his discoveries to fight for the life of a young Icelandic man whose throat was destroyed by cancer. Given two weeks to live, Alexander set out to build for the man the world's first artificial windpipe, made from nanomaterials and stem cells - and succeeded.
"Welcome to the body parts shop... would you like to place an order?"
Future of Organ Development: Alexander Seifalian at TEDMEDLive Imperial College 2013
UCL technology used in windpipe transplant - The windpipe (trachea) implanted in this patient was developed using nanocomposite materials which were developed and patented by Professor Alexander Seifalian (UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Science), whose labs are based at the Royal Free Hospital. - University College London (UCL), July 7, 2011
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