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
Headshot of Prajna Dhar
  • Track Director, Biomolecular Engineering
  • Assistant Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
785-864-4969
4132E Learned Hall
  • Director, Bioengineering
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
785-864-2994
3132 Learned Hall
Headshot of Stevin Gehrke
  • Graduate Studies Director
  • Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
785-864-4956
4149A Learned Hall
Mei He
  • Assistant Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
785-864-4936
MRB 220E
785-864-2985
3116 Learned Hall
Photo of Russ Middaugh
785-864-5813
320G Multidisciplinary Research Building
Headshot of Anil Misra
785-864-1750
5102C Learned Hall
Arghya Paul
785-864-6544
4165C Learned Hall
Headshot of Aaron Scurto
785-864-4947
4132F Learned Hall
Dr. Snead
332-442-3178
Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology
Paulette Spencer, D.D.S., Ph.D.
  • Director, Institute for Bioengineering Research
  • Deane E. Ackers Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering
785-864-8140
3111 Learned Hall
Candan Tamerler
  • Associate Director, Bioengineering
  • Track Director, Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
  • Wesley G. Cramer Professor, Mechanical Engineering
785-864-2984
3114 Learned Hall