Stem cells may offer revolutionary treatments for certain currently untreatable diseases and traumas in the future. Stem cell derived cells can also be utilized to replace animal experiments in toxicity testing and drug screening. In BioMediTech, the common institute between Tampere University of Technology and University of Tampere, Finland, the engineers and biologists are working together to solve the challenges related to the above mentioned topics. The engineering part of the job includes development of novel microelectrodes for the electrical characterization of the stem cell derived neuronal and cardiac cells, and development of various sensors and actuators to control the growth conditions and wellbeing of the cells.
Tomi Ryynänen received his M.Sc. degree in applied physics from University of Jyväskylä, Finland in 2000. After a couple of years in optoelectronics and software industry he has been working at Tampere University of Technology since 2005 under supervision of professor Jukka Lekkala. In addition to doctoral studies he has been responsible for developing the cleanroom laboratories and microfabrication activities at the Faculty of Biomedical Science and Engineering and BioMediTech. His research is focused on microelectrode arrays (MEAs) and other microsensors for cell culturing applications.