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Biologic and Materials Sciences and Division of Prosthodontics

Ma Lab: Polymeric Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Lab

Peter X. Ma, MS, PhD
Professor, Biologic & Materials Sciences
Biomedical Engineering, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering
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Research Focus

  1. Bioactive scaffolds for tissue engineering: 3D surface functionalization, and controlled release of biological molecules in scaffolds.
  2. Adult stem cells, embryonic stem cells, and iPS cells for regenerative medicine.
  3. Biomimetic Materials: Development of novel synthetic materials inspired by natural materials.
  4. 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.
  5. Controlled Release: Nano/micro-spheres and matrices for the delivery of drugs and biological molecules in a sustained, pulsatile, targeting, or environmentally responsive manner.
  6. Phase-separation and Self-assembly: Physical mechanisms and biomedical applications of three-dimensional ordered structure formation, especially at the nanometer scale.
  7. 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.
  8. Nano Biomaterials: Nanofibrous matrix and nanospheres for tissue engineering and controlled release of regulating factors; biomimetic polymer/ceramic nanocomposite materials for mineralized tissue engineering.