TOM BRACCO GARTNER, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon in training | PhD Candidate
Cardiac Fibrosis | Heart-on-a-chip | Mechanobiology
My research focusses on the development of reliable human in vitro models of cardiac fibrosis. I have a special interest in the influence of tissue mechanics on the biological processes in cardiac cells. Using organ-on-chip technology, we have developed a heart-on-a-chip system which enables us to investigate mechanobiological processes in cardiac disease. This might eventually benefit the patients in our clinic in whom the tissue mechanics get altered by cardiac surgery.