Polymeric Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Lab (PI: Peter X Ma)
- Bioactive scaffolds for tissue engineering: 3D surface functionalization, and controlled release of biological molecules in scaffolds.
- Adult stem cells, embryonic stem cells, and iPS cells for regenerative medicine.
- Biomimetic Materials: Development of novel synthetic materials inspired by natural materials.
- Tissue Engineering: Regeneration of 3D functional tissues (bone, cartilage, liver, cardiovascular tissues…); understanding polymer-cell interactions, signal and substrate requirements for cell proliferation, differentiation and tissue regeneration.
- Controlled Release: Nano/micro-spheres and matrices for the delivery of drugs and biological molecules in a sustained, pulsatile, targeting, or environmentally responsive manner.
- Phase-separation and Self-assembly: Physical mechanisms and biomedical applications of three-dimensional ordered structure formation, especially at the nanometer scale.
- Polymeric Biomaterials: Development and structure-property relationship studies of polymer systems of biomedical importance, such as biodegradable polymers, bioactive polymer materials, and mechanically superior polymeric multiphase materials.
- Nano Biomaterials: Nanofibrous matrix and nanospheres for tissue engineering and controlled release of regulating factors; biomimetic polymer/ceramic nanocomposite materials for mineralized tissue engineering.