Cardiovascular Biomaterials Laboratory
The Cardiovascular Biomaterials Lab is located at the Penn State Hershey campus and is part of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering: a joint effort between The Department of Surgery and The Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Research efforts in the laboratory are focused towards understanding the molecular mechanisms responsible for thrombogenesis on implanted cardiovascular biomaterials. The relationships between the implanted biomaterial, the circulating plasma proteins, and the cellular elements of blood are poorly understood, particularly at the molecular and submolecular levels. The Cardiovascular Biomaterials Lab utilizes a variety of sensitive analytical and experimental techniques, novel nano- and microfabrication methodologies and mathematical modeling to elucidate these interactions in order to define parameters for the rational development of new biomaterials.