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College of Engineering and Computing


Biomedical Engineering

Biomaterials and Drug Delivery

Antibiotics-Metallopolymer Bioconjugates toward Antimicrobial Efficacy

Bacteria are becoming increasingly more resistant to many conventional antibiotics, resulting in increased patient mortality rates and hospitalization costs. This project investigates the potential of charged metallopolymers for designing macromolecular scaffolds to regenerate vitality of conventional antibiotics to kill multidrug-resistant bacteria and superbugs. 

Biomaterials and Drug Delivery Platforms for Myocardial Infarction

This project is focused in effectively and favorably alter the course of adverse post-myocardial infarction remodeling by using a hyaluronic acid based hydrogel as drug delivery platform.

Carbon Nanotubes as Modulators of Extracellular and Transporters of Intracellular Cues

This study aims to generate a biologically adaptable device testbed for electromechanical pacing of stem cells, with the long-term goal of developing a new generation cell culture system that allows for diagnosis, monitoring and dynamic dialing of electromechanical signals to guide cell fate decisions

Facial Amphiphilic Antimicrobial Biomaterials Containing Multicyclic Natural Products

Dr. Tang aims to understand the interactions of amphiphilic antimicrobial polymers with bacterial membranes and other critical surrounding components with the goal of optimizing key parameters of compositions for directing the design of biological profiles in antimicrobial applications.

Mechanically Sensitive Three-dimensional Hydrogels and Drug Delivery

This project aims to improve vascular grafts by reducing mechanical mismatch between the grafted vessel and coronary circulation.  

Soft Materials for Stem Cell Encapsulation and Delivery

Dr. Jabbari's lab uses keratin allyl thioether hydrogel with controllable degradation as a viable matrix for encapsulation and delivery of stem cells in tissue regeneration.