Wednesday, February 20, 2019
David L. Kaplan Tufts University

The next CIBBR sponsored Seminar will be collaboration with the Department of Chemical Engineering and will feature Tuft University Distinguished Professor David Kaplan.  He will be visiting campus on Friday 2/22 and providing a lecture from his research.

Topic: Bioengineered Silk Proteins for Regenerative Medicine

When & Where:  Friday Feb. 22 2019 , 2:30-3:30pm in Kingsbury Hall S145

Abstract:  Silk is one of the oldest biomaterials, utilized as sutures for centuries, yet undergoing a rebirth into new biomaterial formats and applications in recent years. Key to this emergence has been new fundamental insight into mechanisms of self-assembly of this unique, high molecular weight, amphiphilic protein, along with new modes to modify the native protein using new processing methods and chemistries. Some of these strategies will be discussed, related to fundamental aspects of controlling material structure and function. In addition, the utility of some of these new silk-based materials in 3D printing, biomaterial scaffolding, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine will also be discussed.

David Kaplan Bio:  David Kaplan is the Stern Family Endowed Professor of Engineering at Tufts University and a Distinguished University Professor. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, with a joint appointment at Tufts Medical School. His research focus is on biopolymer engineering to understand structure-function relationships for biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Since 2004, he has directed the NIH P41 Tissue Engineering Resource Center (TERC) that involves Tufts University and Columbia University. He has published over 700 peer reviewed papers. He is the editor-in-chief of ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering and serves on many editorial boards and programs for journals and universities. His lab has been responsible for over 100 patents issued or allowed, about a dozen start ups companies.


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