Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 05/09/2006
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)
Professor Samuel Stupp
Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine
"Self-Assembly of Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine"
[This is a CCNY/Columbia NSF-IGERT Soft Materials seminar]
Molecular and supramolecular design of artificial environments that interact rationally with cells can lead to strategies in regenerative medicine and therapies for disease that target specific parts of the human body. This opportunity is exciting because it will push interdisciplinary science to its limits bringing together physical sciences, life sciences, engineering, and medicine toward a goal of enormous impact to society. The targets may include the cure for brain disorders, the regeneration of the heart and the central nervous system, a cure for diabetes, the regeneration of cartilage in adulthood, and more effective cancer therapies, among others. Complex supramolecular nanostructures that deliver signals and drugs to specific cells, or mediate cell proliferation and differentiation could be key players in achieving these future goals. This lecture describes a large set of molecules that self-assemble to create bioactive nanofibers designed for cell signaling and demonstrates their direct impact on complex biological phenomena such spinal cord repair and formation of blood vessels.
BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND:
Professor Stupp's areas of research include molecular self-assembly, supramolecular organic nanostructures, electronic and photonic properties of organic materials, biomolecular mineralization, templating chemistry of inorganic nanostructures, and biomaterials for regenerative medicine, including the central nervous system, organ cell transplantation, bone, and cartilage.