Athanassios Sambanis


Research Interests:

  • Engineering non-pancreatic cells for glucose-responsive secretion of recombinant insulin with kinetics that closely approximate those of normal pancreatic islets.
  • Developing methods for the low temperature preservation (cryopreservation) of encapsulated cells and other tissue engineered systems.
  • Developing approaches for the non-invasive monitoring of tissue engineered substitutes in vitro and post-implantation in vivo.
  • Engineering bioreactor systems for the functional maturation of islets and for the characterization of the metabolic and secretory competency of free and encapsulated cells.
  • Biotechnology


B.S. 1979, National Technical Univ., Athens, Greece
Ph.D. 1985, University of Minnesota