Facilities

The Costa Laboratory, located on the 3rd floor of the Atran/Berg building, is designed for research focused on Cardiovascular Cell and Tissue Engineering. Facilities include a small machining and electronics shop area for bioreactor prototype development, a custom biaxial stretching bioreactor, a commercial muscle bath system for testing contractile function of engineered myocardium, an isolated working heart setup for measuring organoid chamber pump function, a fabrication area for custom PDMS soft lithography, a dissecting microscope equipped with high-speed digital camera for imaging beating cardiac tissues. Cell and tissue culture facilities (Biosafety Level 2) include incubators, freezers, centrifuges, autoclave, shaker bath, and other equipment for primary cell isolation and tissue culture.