Biomimetics & Tissue Engineering Laboratory

Research Interests and Focus

This year approximately 10% of patients on the organ transplant waiting list will receive donated organs, leaving over 100,000 people waiting for an alternate solution.  The field of tissue engineering strives to provide a viable option for these patients by developing functional and healthy tissues to aid for those with disease or damaged tissue.  The cells, material, and biological signals are critical to success in this field.  My research focuses on using both synthetic and natural biomaterials as mimics of the natural extracellular matrix to direct tissue regeneration.  The cell’s response to the biochemical and mechanical signals incorporated in these materials are being investigated.  In addition, my research is also looking at developing drug delivery vehicles to deliver appropriate biological signals to prevent and repair cell and tissue damage.