Biomaterials

Duke BME is home to a diverse and longstanding research community focusing on the area of biomaterials, the discipline of studying and designing non-living materials and devices that interface with physiological systems.

Ongoing interests include the molecular design of soft materials, nanomaterials, immune-active materials, scaffolds for tissue engineering, and basic investigations into the complex mechanisms by which materials engage biology.

Research in the broad field of Biomaterials has led to the development of an incredible range of implantable biomedical devices over the past several decades, and it continues to be central to the introduction of new medical therapies ranging from engineered tissues to delivery vehicles for genes and drugs, to immune therapies.

The biomaterials research community at Duke is supported and enhanced by numerous centers and programs, including the Research Triangle NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (RT-MRSEC) and the Center for Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering (CBTE).

Primary Faculty

Ashutosh Chilkoti

Ashutosh Chilkoti

Alan L. Kaganov Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Chilkoti's research focuses on biomolecular materials and biointerface science and emphasizes the development of applications that span the range from bioseparations, biosensors, patterned biomaterials, and targeted drug delivery.

Joel Collier

Joel Collier

Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Collier's research interests relate to the design of biomaterials for a range of biomedical applications, with a focus on understanding and controlling adaptive immune responses. Most materials investigated are created from molecular assemblies- proteins, peptides or bioconjugates that self-...

Charles Gersbach

Charles Gersbach

Rooney Family Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Gersbach's research interests are in gene therapy, biomolecular and cellular engineering, regenerative medicine, and synthetic biology.

Brenton D. Hoffman

Brenton D. Hoffman

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Hoffman's research focuses on understanding, on a molecular level, how mechanical and chemical cues from the environment are detected, integrated, and manipulated by cells to dictate physiological and patho-physiological responses important in vascular biology.

David F. Katz

David F. Katz

Nello L. Teer, Jr. Professor of Biomedical Engineering, in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Katz's research interest include methods for prophylaxis against STD's, emphasizing topical microbicides and contraception; biofluid mechanics; rheology and transport phenomena; biophysical aspects of mammalian sperm motility, sperm transport, and fertilization; and biomechanical functioning of...

Tatiana Segura

Tatiana Segura

Professor of Biomedical Engineering (effective March 1, 2018)

Research Interests: Therapeutic angiogenic biomaterials

Shyni Varghese

Shyni Varghese

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Musculoskeletal tissue repair, disease biophysics and organ-on-a-chip technology.

Lingchong You

Lingchong You

Paul Ruffin Scarborough Associate Professor of Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. You's research interest focus on computational systems biology & synthetic biology, including mathematical modeling of cellular networks; mechanisms of information processing by gene networks; design, modeling and construction of robust gene networks for applications in engineering and...

Research Faculty

Cameron R. Bass

Cameron R. Bass

Associate Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Bass's research interests include the biomechanics of blast, blunt and ballistic trauma and pediatric trauma. His research focuses on injury risk from microscale to macroscale for the head, neck, thorax and extremities.

Nassir Mokarram-Dorri

Nassir Mokarram-Dorri

Consulting Associate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Immunomodulation for nervous system repair; medical devices for brain tumor therapy; biomaterials for tissue engineering.

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Tarun Saxena

Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering