Dr. Liisa Kuhn trains the next generation of scientists by advising undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral trainees and giving lectures in her own UConn courses and others. She developed and taught the UConn biomedical engineering core course, BME 4710/5700 Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering for eight years. In 2014 she created a new, follow-on course that she teaches every spring: Controlling Stem Cells With Biomaterials, listed as BME 4985-003/BME 6086-004.
Course Description: In this course participants will learn how to design biomaterials that actively control stem cells to achieve tissue regeneration. Biological and biomaterials principles will be taught with a focus on cell/extracellular matrix interactions during embryonic development and wound healing. Biomaterial and biomechanical techniques to influence the attachment, proliferation and differentiation of stem cells on a biomaterial scaffold will be studied including: chemical and physical modifications of biomaterials, use of natural tissues as scaffolds and bioreactor culture.
Dr. Kuhn also serves as Faculty facilitator for D400-720 Critical Thinking in Dentistry and Correlated Dental Problem Solving. It is a two semester course.
Mentoring and Outreach Lectures
2005 & 2006 Lecturer. Capital Community College. Discoveries in Modern Medicine at Capital Community College, Hartford, CT. Course Director: M. Mednieks. Bridges to Baccalaureate outreach program to underrepresented minorities in science. Fall semester.
2009 “A Day in the Life of a Research Scientist” Career Panel Speaker, Connecticut DigiGirlZ program for minority high school students. Microsoft Corporation. March 27, 2009.
“Women in Science and Engineering”, Keynote speaker, Annual Banquet of Women in Math, Science and Engineering, University of Connecticut Storrs Campus, CT. April 15, 2009.
“A Career in Biomedical Science and Engineering” Panelist for Career Paths in the Sciences, organized by the Women in Math, Science and Engineering (WiMSE). University of Connecticut Storrs Campus, CT. November 30, 2009.
2010 “Making the Transition from Industry to Academia” Panelist at the annual retreat of the Skeletal, Craniofacial and Oral Biology, Biomedical Sciences Graduate program. UConn-Avery Point, CT. June 12, 2010.
2011 “University Partnerships using the NIH SBIR Small Business Grants Program”, Panelist at the Connecticut Innovations Regional NIH SBIR workshop. UConn-Health Center, Farmington, CT. October 20, 2011.