Development of innovative biomaterials and chemical tools enabling the design of novel biotechnological innovations.
Biomaterials science is the next frontier in biotechnology and in medical therapeutics. Innovations in material design have created interventions and composite devices previously unimaginable with materials whose structure and function evolve with time. My lab develops a research program in the area of dynamic, functional bio-inspired materials. Research involves the synthesis and characterization of functional polymers with medical applications. This is naturally proceeding to an effort to the development of novel biotechnological innovations based on these materials. We also attempt to gain a critical level of understanding of structure-activity relationship and tissue-biomaterial interactions in in the general context of materials science.
Running projects in my lab:
– Synthesis and in-vivo evaluation of new tissue adhesives.
– Injectable, light triggered materials.
– Polymeric systems for preventing bio-fouling on medical implants.
– Drug delivery systems for treating inflammatory/irritable bowel diseases.