UCARE: Undergraduate Creative Activities & Research Experiences


Date of this Version

Spring 4-2016

Document Type



"Brain Tumor in a Dish: Glioma/Astrocyte Co-Cultures as a Model for In Vitro Studies," Erin Eickman, Christina Wilson, and Srivatsan Kidambi, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Spring 2016 Research Fair poster.


Copyright (c) 2016 Erin Eickman, Christina Wilson, and Srivatsan Kidambi.


This study seeks to engineer an in vitro co-culture model to elucidate the role of glioma-astrocyte interactions on molecular changes in the tumor microenvironment. The use of patterned co-cultures created with polyelectrolyte multilayers and micromolding in capillaries will allow tthe investigation of cell-cell communication. This study will lead to better understanding of the role of healthy cells in cancer progression and potential treatment options.