We are an interdisciplinary team developing creative bioengineering research.
Anisotropic and Biomimetic 3D Environments
Novel techniques to generate hydrogel environments with
precise chemical and physical composition and anisotropy.
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Self-Assembling Supramolecular Composites
Self-assembling of multiple types of molecular building-blocks to
create extracellular matrix mimetics.
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Dynamic Self-Assembling Membranes
Self-assembling biomolecules in innovative ways to create hierarchical
structures with novel properties.
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Membranes for Tissue Regeneration
Robust and bioactive membranes and scaffolds made from natural
and recombinant proteins for regenerative medicine.
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Materials for Controlled Biomineralization
Molecular templates to nucleate and guide the growth of
minerals into complex hierarchical structures.
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Cell-instructing Topographies and 3D Structures
Precise micro and nanotopographies on surfaces or 3D structures
designed to control biological responses.
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The Mata Lab

Nature has evolved to grow and heal sophisticated structures through the assembly of multiple types of molecular building blocks. As the need for more efficient regenerative solutions increases, it is essential to develop approaches that can more accurately recreate these complex biological systems.

We work at the interface of materials science, structural biology, bioengineering, and medicine to develop materials and fabrication processes that can bridge the gap between molecular design and macroscopic functionality.

We focus on developing technologies to address major healthcare challenges such as improving the regeneration of tissues and organs, enhancing the way drugs and therapies are developed, and advancing our understanding of diseases.

Featured News

@mata_lab

- 22 hours ago

@BurdickLab: Interested in synthetic materials that support cellular self-assembly, programmable contraction, and can be processed with biofabrication? Check out our new preprint on fibrous assemblies developed by @Fiber_Matt. @pennbioeng https://t.co/C8MT4TzLyO https://t.co/ZiQrkMjy7X
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- 2 days ago

@WaltherLab: Together w/ @GiusepponeLab, we are excited to announce a comprehensive book on "Out-of-Equilibrium (Supra)Molecular Systems and Materials"; going from #originoflife to #advancedmaterials #noneqsys https://t.co/zBcrXVkUll Chapter 1 is free: https://t.co/qQUJ5KkNzs @JGU_mainz https://t.co/7MX1xKFW3s
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@mata_lab

- 7 days ago

@jbmatson: Interested in working at the interface of materials and biology? I hiring a postdoc focusing on delivery of hydrogen sulfide and related reactive sulfur species. See here for details. https://t.co/YmFlhJN2jB
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@mata_lab

- 9 days ago

Normal never changed the world!...joins us at UoNottingham! @UoN_BDI @UoN_Pharmacy @UoNPressOffice @UoNEngineering https://t.co/mMN4CVMfEo
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@mata_lab

- 13 days ago

@cameron_alexndr: New EPSRC funded project- recruiting now.! https://t.co/623hFrcbaS
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