Biomaterials to Recreate the Body

We focus on developing innovative ways to assemble functional advanced materials by harnessing biomolecules and supramolecular phenomena found in nature.

Our approach integrates supramolecular events such as multi-component self-assembly, protein order-disorder synergies, and diffusion-reaction processes with engineering principles to develop materials and devices with high programmability, structural hierarchy, and capacity to recapitulate the functionality of living systems.

Our work is focused on developing technologies to solve 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.

Anisotropic and Biomimetic 3D Environments

We are developing techniques capable of generating hydrogel materials with chemical and physical spatial anisotropy, presenting distinct chemical environments within 3D hydrogels through novel molecular printing methods or directed self-assembly.

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Self-Assembling Supramolecular Composites

We are developing techniques to self-assemble molecular building-blocks of the extracellular matrix into nanostructures that can act as structural and chemical components of hydrogel materials.

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Dynamic Self-Assembling Membranes

We are developing a dynamic system that emerges from the conformational modification of recombinant proteins by peptide amphiphiles and with the capacity to access, and be maintained in, non- equilibrium for substantial periods of time.

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Biomaterials to Regenerate the Body

Membranes for Tissue Regeneration

We are developing thin robust membranes made from recombinant elastin-like proteins comprising different bioactive segments for regenerative applications such as in bone and dental tissues.

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Materials for Controlled Biomineralization

We are developing organic materials with hierarchical structure that can provide specific chemical environments designed to nucleate and guide biomineralization for applications in the regeneration of enamel, dentin and bone.

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Cell-instructing Topographies and 3D Structures

We are developing surfaces and 3D structures with micro and nanotopographies designed to enhance or minimize specific biological responses. The topographical patterned surfaces can be fabricated in a number of inert or bioactive materials and hydrogels.

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