Cells Stretchers

We use a commercial cell stretcher (from Curi Bio) to study the effect of uniaxial stretching on endothelial cultured tissues

We develop a new device composed of an upper thin PDMS membrane that can stretch when the channel is pressurized, leading to a uniaxial stretching of the cell layer. Moreover when a difference of pressure is applied at the channels entrances a the cells can also be submitted to a shear stress.

We are building a milimeter scale thin walled cylindrical channel for cell culture capable of streching and shearing cells in an enclosed environment.