Corneal Tissue Engineering
I am developing a human cornea analogue to be used for corneal transplantation because there is a severe shortage of good quality donor cornea, particularly for young patients. Hence, the aim of this project is to develop a novel scaffold, which imitates the entire structure and performs similar functions to the natural cornea. This bio-mimetic structure should support corneal regeneration and could be used as an alternative to the donor cornea. Not only does this corneal analogue overcome the shortage of donor corneas, the rejection of donor corneas due to immunological responses is also no longer a problem. This promising development would bring new hopes to fifteen millions visually impaired people worldwide.