Read about Andrés García, Ph.D., in the March 2005 issue.
When he was 11 years old, Andrés García had pins inserted into his thigh bones to keep them from degenerating. Inspired by the healing power of biomaterials, he now is studying how cells interact with these synthetic products.
He has built a tool that lets him and others study how and why cells stick to a surface, like the pins in his leg. It could lead to a new framework for studying the role of cell stickiness in human health and biology, as well as new implantable medical devices.