Friday, January 22, 2010 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Room 610, M&M Building
Dr. Rupak Rajachar
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Michigan Technological University
One of the significant hurdles of regenerative engineering is creating instructive materialscapable of directing the development of the complex multi-scale nature of tissues. In ourlaboratory we look to use specific contextual studies of native and pathological tissue behavior(both in vitro and in vivo) to develop rationale designs for new biomaterials as delivery vehiclesto regulate cell and tissue regeneration and repair. More specifically, the overarching theme ofthe Engineered Biomaterials Lab (EBL) at Michigan Technological University is to understandhow physical and chemical cues guide cell behavior in vascular and bone-related tissues.During the seminar I would like to address some of the specific materials approaches our lab isusing to study the role of physical and chemical cues in 1) interfacial tissue engineering and 2)the phenotypic behavior of cells associated with the host response to implantable biomaterials.
Rupak Rajachar received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Sciencesand Engineering (1994) and Biomedical Engineering (1998, 2003) from the University ofMichigan. He was a senior research fellow at the University of Washington EngineeredBiomaterials (UWEB) Research Center from 2003-2006. Currently, he is an assistant professorin the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Michigan Technological University, Houghton,MI. His areas of expertise include biomimetic materials, cell and tissue mechanics, and the hostresponse to implantable materials. He is also working on the design and formulation ofcomposite materials for hard and soft tissue engineering. He is the author of over 30publications in archival journals and conference proceedings.