Primary Appointment Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Education Ph.D.,Materials Science and Engineering, Program in Polymer Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
S.B., Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Additional Affiliations Division of Materials Science & Engineering
Honors and Awards Fellow, National Academy of Inventors, 2020
Fellow, American Academy for the Advancement of Science, 2017
BU Inaugural Term Distinguished Professor of Engineering, 2014
Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2013
Collaborator of the Year Award, BU Department of Medicine, 2012
Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award, 2009
Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2009
NSF CAREER Award, 2000
Areas of Interest Biomaterials, tailoring cell-material interfaces for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications; direct, quantitative measurement of biological interactions.
Research Areas The Biomimetic Materials Engineering Laboratory is focused on the development of biomaterials to probe how structure, material properties and composition of the cell-biomaterial interface affect fundamental cellular processes. Specifically, we are interested in developing substrata with features that mimic physiological and pathophysiological environments to study fundamental cellular processes at the biointerface. Current research projects include tissue engineering of small diameter blood vessels for bypass and intravascular pharmacology (e.g. stents); development of targeted nano- and micro-particle contrast agents for multi-modal (magnetic resonance, ultrasound, and optical) detection of atherosclerotic and vulnerable plaque; and engineering biomimetic systems to study restenosis and breast cancer.