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BIOE405 Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells

Designing regenerative medicine therapies via combining biomaterials engineering principles and stem cell biology, e.g. technologies in regenerative medical strategies.

Do you want to learn about technologies and discover advances applied in recent years to strategies for healing and regenerating patient tissue? This course will introduce you to advances in cell and tissue therapy, and cutting-edge biomaterials and biofabrication technologies contributing to the whole new field of regenerative medicine, including replacement of tissues and organs damaged by disease and previously untreatable conditions.

This advanced course is for students with a multidisciplinary background interested in regenerative medicine, stem cell biology, materials science, and bioengineering.

Paper title Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells
Paper code BIOE405
Subject Bioengineering
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year (Distance learning)
Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,012.90
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
MSc, MAppSc, PGDipAppSc, PGCertAppSc, PGDipSci
May not be credited with BIOE402 completed 2019 to 2021.

Associate Professor Khoon Lim

Professor Tim Woodfield

Associate Professor Azam Ali

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Khoon Lim

Professor Tim Woodfield

Dr Jaydee Cabral

Associate Professor Azam Ali

Paper Structure

This paper is full year with lectures, workshops, and also four assignments. This will include learning of basic science and translational technologies in regenerative medicine and stem cells. This will allow students to gain in-depth knowledge of the integration of regenerative medicine and stem cells (generic and subject-specific) in bioengineering, and their impact in developing new clinical treatments.

In particular, the paper will focus on the engineering approach behind these new technologies, covering the selection of stem cells, biomaterials design, and their convergence with cutting-edge fabrication technologies (3D biofabrication). The current challenges in the field including the regulatory requirements for clinical translation of these emerging regenerative medicine and stem cell therapies will also be covered, including the use of cutting-edge 3D biofabrication and bioprinting technologies in clinical practice.

Teaching Arrangements

The Distance Learning offering of this paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.


Principles of Regenerative Medicine 3rd Edition. Anthony Atala (Editor), Robert Lanza (Editor), Tony Mikos (Editor), Robert Nerem (Editor). Elsevier

Tissue Engineering 3rd Edition. Clemens Van Blitterswijk, Jan De Boer, (Editors) 2022. ISBN: 9780128244593

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Scholarship, Critical Thinking, Research, Ethics, Information literacy, Environmental literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  • Understand the underlying principles behind regenerative medicine, biomaterials and stem cells for repair, replacement or regeneration of diseased/damaged tissues.
  • Enhance their understanding of bioengineering principles and apply engineering design concept to develop regenerative medicine and stem cells therapy strategies.
  • Understand the current research and state-of-the-art on the topics of biofabrication and 3D scaffolds, choice of stem cell source and incorporation in regenerative medicine, and their advances as well as challenges as treatments of different injuries and diseases.
  • Understand the principles of biocompatibility, including the interaction between medical devices, biomaterials and biological systems.
  • Understand the cellular and molecular basis of tissue regeneration.
  • Understand the current challenges in the regenerative medicine industry including ethics and regulatory affairs.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-12:50 10-11, 13-14, 19-22, 29-34, 36-41