Engineered silk proteins for regenerative medicine Event as iCalendar

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20 February 2017

4 - 5pm

Venue: Room B09, Grafton Building 501

Location: 85 Park Road, Grafton Campus

Host: School of Biological Sciences and the MacDiarmid Institute

Cost: Free - all welcome

Contact info: Dr Laura Domigan

Contact email: l.domigan@auckland.ac.nz

Engineered silk proteins for regenerative medicine

Silk is one of the oldest biomaterials, utilised as sutures and in wound healing for centuries, yet it is undergoing a rebirth into new biomaterial formats and applications.  One key to this emergence has been to modify the native protein using new processing methods and chemistries to engineer new material features. Professor David L Kaplan from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University will discuss some of the strategies that have been developed to morph silk, as a high molecular weight amphiphilic protein, into new biomaterials with new properties. Professor Kaplan will also present the utility of some of these new material formats in 3D printing, biomaterial scaffolding, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The needs for tunable, degradable, robust biomaterials for a range of medical goals remains high, and silk proteins offer a unique suite of options to help address these needs.