Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Simpson, C. LaShan

Committee Member

Elder, Steve

Committee Member

Stone, Tonya

Committee Member

Olivier, Alicia

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Biomedical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of non-communicable disease in the whole world killing 17 million people in 2012. Among the many vascular diseases is vascular calcification (VC) which is the mineral build up in the walls of blood vessels. Medial calcification is the plaque buildup in the medial layer of the blood vesicle that is characterized by arterial stiffness and high blood pressure. Current calcification research involves two dimensional (2D) lab methods such as flat petri dishes to investigate the mechanism that causes and inhibits vascular calcification. Research has shown that the use of three-dimensional (3D) models can be beneficial in mimicking the in vitro environment of the human body for lab practices. We aim to create a 3D benchtop model for vascular calcification research from decellularized carotid porcine arteries to understand the more accurate mechanisms that lead to the plaque buildup in the medial layer of the artery wall.

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