The research interests of our lab lie at the intersection of polymer science and biomedical engineering. Our team is quite diverse and has expertise in Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering, and Biology. We want to combine all those fields to develop next-generation biomedical devices based on smart polymeric materials. These materials consist of ‘shape memory polymers’ that are responsive to bodily conditions and are mechanically adaptive to comply with a tissue. Some of our custom polymers are also biodegradable. Additionally, we make sure that our novel materials are biocompatible.

Some applications we are interested in are 1) conformal and biocompatible neural devices to study the electrophysiology of the enteric nervous system, 2) responsive polymeric biomaterials for wound healing, and 3) shape memory polymer bandages to prevent Colonic Anastomotic Leak.

Our Research Focus Areas are: