The department’s tissue engineering and biomaterials research focuses on developing new materials for applications in medicine and biology, as well as engineering biological tissues from adult stem cells. Areas of active research include cardiovascular tissue engineering, biopolymers, nitric-oxide-releasing materials for improved biocompatibility, tissue-biomaterial interaction, and biomimetic materials.
Nitric oxide releasing polymers; Implantable sensors; Biological response to polymeric materials; Wound healing; Antimicrobial and viral inactivation
The biology and physiology of the lymphatic and blood vascular systems including vascular regeneration, remodeling and pathology; Vascular biomaterials, including polymeric, natural, and metallic, for vascular repair and regeneration
Cellular and molecular interactions of biomaterials; Metallic biocorrosion; Biomaterial histopathology; Biocompatibility; Degradable metals for cardiovascular implants
Biomimetic, bio-inspired materials; Biointerface; Antimicrobial and antifouling coatings; Polymer chemistry; Nanotechnology; Tissue adhesives
Physical and chemical mechanisms guiding biomineralization in vascular and bone-related cell types and tissues; Biomimetic materials; Cell and tissue mechanics; The host response to implantable materials; Composite materials for hard and soft tissue engineering
Stem cell therapies; Naturally derived biomaterials; Cell sheet engineering; 3D scaffold-free tissue fabrication; Cardiovascular tissue regeneration; Neural Tissue Engineering