Research

Biomaterials

Duke 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.

From engineered tissues to delivery vehicles for genes and drugs, to immune therapies

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.

Research Faculty

Ashutosh Chilkoti

Alan L. Kaganov Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Joel Collier

Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Ken Gall

Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Brenton D. Hoffman

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Sheila N Patek

Associate Professor in the Department of Biology

Michael Rubinstein

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sci

Jennifer L West

Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering

Stefan Zauscher

Sternberg Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science