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Assistant Professor of Biologic and Materials Sciences, University of Michigan
School of Dentistry.
Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering and Professor of Chemistry.
Office:     2223 Dental School
Lab:        2228 Dental School
Phone:    734-936-1440
Fax:       734-647-2110
email:     kkuroda@umich.edu
 

Dr. Kenichi Kuroda is an assistant professor at the Department of Biologic & Materials Sciences in the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.  Dr. Kuroda received his B. Eng. in Polymer Chemistry and M. Eng. in Biological Chemistry from Kyoto University, Japan.  He then came to the US and obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003.  His research area at MIT was polymer materials science including polymer gels, conducting polymers and their applications for catalysts and biosensors.  Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan in September 2006, he developed antimicrobials based on polymeric materials as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr Kuroda’s primary interest is to design and synthesize amphiphilic polymers/oligomers that can actively interact with cell membranes and use these compounds to understand polymer-lipid interactions by investigating the physical properties and biological activities of polymers in lipid layers. 
Dr. Kuroda’s laboratory will study the membrane-disrupting action of antimicrobial polymers and the translocation of polymers as potential drug carriers.  He will also focus on the creation of fluorescent oligomer probes to examine the morphology of lipids membrane, which may also be useful in monitoring cellular activity and conditions.  These projects will provide insight into polymer-lipid interactions, aiding in the development of polymers as alternatives for antibiotics or drug/gene vectors and as imaging agents for the cell membranes.  This research is highly interdisciplinary, involving the fields of synthetic polymer chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, and physical chemistry, and is oriented to the practical aspects of biomedical and pharmaceutical applications.