Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering

BIOMATERIALS & TISSUE ENGINEERING

Director: Candan Tamerler, Ph.D.

Research in the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering track involves the investigation and development of materials and structures to improve the quality of life for patients. These materials—which may be synthetic, natural, or cell-based—are intended to assist in the diagnosis of pathology or injury, monitor condition, and improve or restore normal physiological function in the human body.

Biomaterials science is the study of materials and their interaction with biological environments, and tissue engineering is the application of engineering and life sciences toward development of a biomaterial to restore, maintain and improve tissue function. Research in this inter- and multidisciplinary field involves collaborations among engineers, surgeons, materials scientists, biological scientists, chemists, dentists, and veterinarians in academics, industry, government and the clinic.

Students in this track are trained in structure-function-property relationships, which are built on a foundation in biology, materials science, and engineering. As a part of their coursework, students learn to independently develop a plan of research.

Specific research areas available at KU include drug delivery devices, tissue engineering, soft tissue biomechanics, biosensors, diagnostics and therapeutics, combination products, biocompatible materials, injury biomechanics, hydrogels, microparticle fabrication, gene and protein delivery, mass transport, polymer science, biocatalysis, biofluids, and dental materials. Graduates are prepared to enter into industry, government, or academics, where they will be able to assist in research programs in biomaterials.

 

 

Track Faculty

Headshot of Cory Berkland
785-864-1455
320E Multidisciplinary Research Building

Titles

-Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
-Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Associated Tracks

-Bioimaging
-Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
-Biomedical Product Design & Development
-Biomolecular Engineering

Research Interests

-Nanoparticles and Colloids in Pharmaceuticals and Biomedicine

Headshot of Prajna Dhar
  • Track Director, Biomolecular Engineering
  • Assistant Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
785-864-4969
4132E Learned Hall

Associated Tracks

Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
-Biomolecular Engineering

Research Interests

-Molecular Engineering and Interfacial Nanomedicine

  • Director, Bioengineering
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
785-864-2994
1132D Learned Hall

Associated Tracks

-Bioimaging
-Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
-Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

-Tissue Mechanics
-Computational Joint Mechanics

Headshot of Stevin Gehrke
  • Graduate Studies Director
  • Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
785-864-4956
4149A Learned Hall

Associated Tracks

-Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
-Biomedical Product Design & Development
-Biomolecular Engineering

Research Interests

-Biomimetic Materials
-Hydrogels
-Tissue Engineering
-Drug Delivery
-Bioprocessing

785-864-2985
3116 Learned Hall

Titles

-Associate Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Associated Tracks

-Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
-Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

-Applications of Biomechanics and Machine Design
-Biomechanics Testing Machines and Experimental Designs
-Kinematic Joint Studies
-Wear of Artificial Components
-Testing and Evaluation of Prosthetic Devices

Photo of Russ Middaugh
785-864-5813
320G Multidisciplinary Research Building

Titles

-Distinguished Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Associated Tracks

-Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
-Biomolecular Engineering

Research Interests

-Physical Biochemistry
-Stabilization of macromolecules
-Vaccines

Headshot of Anil Misra
785-864-1750
5102C Learned Hall

Titles

-Professor, Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering

Associated Tracks

-Bioimaging
-Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
-Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
-Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

-Nano-micro-macro mechanics of calcified and soft tissues
-Constitutive modeling and computational methods
-Scanning acoustic microscopy and ultrasonic testing

Jennifer Robinson

Titles

-Assistant Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Associated Tracks

-Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
-Biomolecular Engineering

Research Interests

-Sex and Age-Specific Biomaterials
-Regeneration of Soft-to-Hard Tissue Interfaces
-Determination of Sex Differences in Musculoskeletal Tissue

Headshot of Aaron Scurto
785-864-4947
4132F Learned Hall

Titles

-Associate Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Associated Tracks

-Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering

Research Interests

-Enzyme catalysis in non-aqueous solvents
-Extractive fermentation
-Pharmaceutical and biomaterials processing with compressed carbon dioxide.

Dr. Snead
332-442-3178
Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology

Titles

-Chair, Division of Biomedical Sciences
-Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry
-University of Southern California

Associated Tracks

-Biomedical Sciences with special training in Pathology and Biomaterials

Research Interests

-Amplifying cell signals for potentially lower cost stem cell interventions
 

 

Headshot of Steven Soper

Titles

-KU Foundation Distinguished Professor, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering 

Associated Tracks

-Biomolecular Engineering
-Biomaterials
 & Tissue Engineering
-Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

-Nano Devices and Microfluidics

Paulette Spencer, D.D.S., Ph.D.
  • Director, Institute for Bioengineering Research
  • Deane E. Ackers Distinguished Professor, Mech. Eng.
785-864-8140
3111 Learned Hall

Associated Tracks

-Bioimaging
-Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
-Biomedical Product Design & Development

Research Interests

Professor Spencer and her research team are designing, synthesizing, and developing novel biomaterials for the repair and replacement of mineralized tissues. Under in vivo conditions, failure of a repair or replacement generally begins at the biomaterial/tissue interface and thus, a key aspect of our work is understanding the fundamental phenomena that control biological interactions at material interfaces.

Headshot of Hinrich Staecker

Titles

-Professor, Otolaryngology

Associated Tracks

-Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering

Research Interests

-Neurotology
-Otology
-Tinnitus Management
-Balance Disorders
-Cochlear implants
-Acoustic Neuromas and Skull Base Surgery

Candan Tamerler
  • Track Director, Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
  • Wesley G. Cramer Professor, Mechanical Engineering
785-864-2984
3114 Learned Hall

Associated Tracks

- Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering

- Biomolecular Engineering

Research Interests

-Molecular Biomimetics
-Bio-nanotechnology
-Bio-enabled Materials Science

Liang Xu
785-864-6319
3185 ISB

Titles

-Professor, Molecular Bioscience

Associated Tracks

-Biomaterials, Bioimaging

Research Interests

-Drug discovery
-Drug delivery
-Cell biology/engineering
-Genetic engineering
-Nanotechnology