Patrick A. Tresco, PhD
Professor, Department of Bioengineering
Associate Dean, College of Engineering

B.A.  Biology (1979) Susquehanna University
M.S.  Pharmacology and Toxicology (1983) University of Rhode Island
Ph.D.  Medical Sciences (1991) Brown University

The Keck Center for Tissue Engineering

The Keck Center for Tissue Engineering


108D BPRB, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 84112


1-801-587-5220 (Dean's Office)
1-801-581-8873 (Research Office)
1-801-585-5890 (Lab)





BIOEN 5301/6900 Introduction to Modern Biomaterials (4) Developing materials for use in medicine is a challenging interdisciplinary process and requires an understanding of material bulk and surface properties, the various biological responses to the materials, the clinical context of their use, manufacturing processes, cost, sterilization, packaging and regulatory issues. This course is designed to introduce students to the various classes of biomaterials is use and their application in selected subspecialties of medicine.

BIOEN 6000 Principles of Physiology I: Cell and Molecular Biology (4) Cross listed as PHYSL 6000. Prerequisite: BIOL 1000, 1320, CHEM 2310 or equivalent. Open to medical and other graduate students. Fundamental principles of cell and molecular biology.  Emphasizes structure and mechanisms that underlie differentiated tissue function in various organ systems.  Taught in the fall every year. Generally difficult for those with no background but well worth the effort.

BIOEN 6140 Fundamentals of Tissue Engineering (2) Recommended Prerequisite: BIOL 1000 and MSE 2010. Open to medical and other graduate students and upper level undergraduate with instrucor permission.  Limited to 8.  Survey the emerging field of tissue engineering, focusing on the relevant biological and engineering-related issues inculding cell attachment, extracellular matrix biochemistry and tissue organization, cell culture, synthetic polymetric membranes, methods of cell encapsulation, scaffold fabrication and characterization, surface modification of materials,  and, mechanotransduction.  Applications survey includes how the field is applied to the repair of damaged skin, liver, kidneys, muscle, nervous system, bone, ligaments, tendons and the cardiovascular system. Offered in the fall every year.  You will learn a lot if you are motivated.

BIOEN 6900 Advanced Topics in Tissue Engineering (2) Recommended Prerequisite: BIOEN 6140 or relevant graduate level journal club with instructor permission. Open to medical and other graduate students.  Limited to 8.  Survey the emerging field of tissue engineering, focusing on the current literature with guest lectures on a variety of specialized topics including stem cells and precursors, drug delivery systems, new biomaterials, growth factors and cytokines, mechanotransduction and bioreactor development. Offered in the spring in alternate years. You get out what you put into this one.

I also participate in the following:

BIOEN 7155 Neural Interfaces Laboratory (3) Principle instructor (G. Clark). Prerequisite: Instructor's consent. Limited to 8.  Engineering and implementation of neural interfaces: relevant neural properties, techniques and applications.  Emphasizes electrophysilogical, surgerical, and immunohistochemical techniues used in neuroscience research.  Laboratory exercises with write ups and lots of hands on experience.  Great course.