Biomedical Polymer Research Laboratory (BPRL) aims to develop biocompatible and functional polymers for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications.

The major focus of the laboratory is the development of regenerative medicine strategies for tissue and organ regeneration.  The novel human or animal derived extracellular matrix (ECM) or its derivatives (collagen, elastin, laminin and gelatin) are continually being developed as biomaterials for constructive remodeling of tissue.

Major Research Interests include:

  • Novel biomaterials and functional scaffolds for tissue engineering
  • Cell-ECM interactions and stem cell fate
  • Molecular imaging for tracing stem cells
  • Stem cell niche
  • Thermosensitive injectable hydrogel and self-assembly nano-/micro-structure
In addition, our researches involve the fabrication of electrochemical biosensors based on peptide architecturing, cell or biomolecule patterning using piezoelectric inkjet printing, electrospun nanofibers, and the approaches to study interdisciplinary science.

Active Research Projects include:

  • Fabrication of functional ECM scaffold for remodeling of skeletal muscle, adipose tissue, skin, cartilage, intestine
  • Development of thermo-responsive injectable hydrogel for pancreas islet cells, stem cells, and protein delivery
  • Development of thermo-responsive particle for protein delivery
  • Fabrication of gradient ECM scaffold for bone to tendon interface
  • Development of bio-adhesive materials
  • Immune response of mammals to xenogeneic scaffolds
  • Development of multifunctional bilayer ECM sheet for skin regeneration
  • Fabrication of electrochemical sensor for detection of acute myocardial infarction based on myoglobin-specific peptides

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