Nazarbayev University

TEACHING

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

My philosophy of teaching is rooted in my beliefs about teaching and learning. Firstly, I strongly believe that teaching is more than transmitting knowledge or teaching contents. It is also about fostering personal and social skills and experience necessary for success in life and for the improvement of humanity. My ultimate goal, therefore, is to produce socially-responsible and caring intellectuals with critical thinking and scientific inquiry skills, effective problem solving strategies, and the capacity for life-long learning. Secondly, I view learning as an active endeavor which involves the learner as an active participant in the learning process, and the teacher as a collaborator in learning, facilitating and promoting the natural desire and curiosity to learn. Thirdly, each learner is unique in their own way. They each have different backgrounds, needs, interests, learning styles, and abilities. Therefore, I believe that my responsibility is to prepare learning experiences that will result in effective learning for each individual.

 

COURSES TAUGHT

Tissue Engineering ECHME 421

This course is designed to cover the basics and applications of tissue engineering as an emerging therapeutic approach to treat degenerated or damaged tissues/organs. The topics in this course will include tissue engineering strategies such as the design, fabrication and utilization of biomaterials; cellular engineering including cell therapy, drug delivery; as well as cell-biomaterial interactions. Recent advances and major problems relevant to tissue engineering will also be presented and discussed.

 

Advanced Tissue Engineering MBME 607

This course is designed to cover the most recent advancements in different areas of applications of tissue engineering. The topics in this course will include tissue engineering strategies such as i) compositional, structural and functional analysis of different tissues in human body, ii) design, fabrication and utilization of scaffold biomaterials and iii) cellular engineering including cell therapy, drug delivery; as well as cell-biomaterial interactions. Recent advances and major problems relevant to tissue engineering will also be presented and discussed. Instructor will present relevant topics in the class and guide students when needed. The students should appear in the class as they will be presenting/discussing topics with their classmates. Each student will choose an area of application and advance her/his knowledge in the particular area of tissue engineering. More specifically, the topics in this course will include Research methodology, Recent Progress in Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials, Scaffold design and Manufacturing, Controlled Release, Bone Tissue Engineering, Cartilage Tissue Engineering, Tendon/Ligament Tissue Engineering, Dental Tissue Engineering, Skin Tissue Engineering, Cartilage-bone interface regeneration, Tendon-bone interface regeneration, Tissue Engineering Products in the Market.

 

Mechanics of Living Tissues MBME 709

This course is designed to cover the basics and applications of biomechanics principals (i.e. kinematic, dynamic, static). The topics in this course will include skeletal muscle system, biomechanics of lower and upper extremity bones, spine biomechanics as well as cell biomechanics. More specifically, the students are expected to learn about biomechanics of tissues including bone, articular cartilage, tendons and ligaments, skeletal muscle, knee, hip, foot and ankle, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, fracture fixation, and gait. Recent advances and major problems relevant to cell/tissue/organ biomechanics will also be presented and discussed.

 

 

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