The cell culture facility comprises of two fully equipped cell and stem-cell culture laboratories, a biochemical and molecular biology laboratory, a chemistry lab for sample preparation and imaging instruments (eg. SEM, epifluorescence and Confocal microscope and non-linear microscope). In the Ultrafast Laser Micro and Nano Processing Laboratory (ULMNP) of IESL-FORTH, the objective is to investigate the biocompatibility of laser-engineered biomimetic 3D scaffolds fabricated on hard metallic and soft polymeric materials, exhibiting different micro/nano topographies and surface energies and to understand the cell-biomaterial interaction under static and dynamic (under flow) culture conditions, in vitro. In the Tissue Engineering – Regenerative Medicine and Immunoengineering Lab (TERMIM Lab) of IESL-FORTH, the research is focused on understanding the physicochemical mechanisms that take place at the interface between cells and biomaterials in micro / nano scale and the examination of the potential medical and/or clinical applications of optimized artificial tissue scaffolds.
In general, the cell culture facility has the equipment, protocols and assays for the following research activities: