Dr. Travis Block earned a PhD in biomedical engineering from UT Health San Antonio and the University of Texas at San Antonio in biomedical engineering. Currently, Dr. Block serves as senior scientist for StemBioSys and adjunct professor in the school of dentistry at UT Health San Antonio. StemBioSys aims to catalyze progress in regenerative medicine by developing high-quality, innovative tools. Their core technology is cell-derived extracellular matrices for cell culture. In this seminar, Dr. Block will discuss the importance of cell-matrix interactions, the development of cell-derived matrices, and applications of these matrices in regenerative medicine for the treatment of age-related degenerative disease, and for cartilage repair.