The engineering of skeletal muscle requires
platforms that facilitate the proliferation and
maintenance of primary muscle stem cells
(myoblasts) and muscle fibre maturation in a
manner that reflects native muscle structure.
We have been investigating the use of
nanostructured conducting polymer surfaces
for the orientation and electrical stimulation of
cells and tissues and have developed a hybrid
conducting polymer and carbon nanotube
plaform, suitable for ex vivo muscle growth,
differentiation and electrical stimulation.