BIMat :: Biologically Inspired Materials


Phillip B. Messersmith

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 1993

Northwestern University

Department:    Biomedical Engineering
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Phone:   847-467-5273
Fax:   847-491-4928

Research Statement
Professor Messersmith's research interests lie in the synthesis and characterization of novel materials using biomimetic/bioinspired approaches. Our long term goals are to design novel functional materials for use in the delivery of healthcare, and to develop unique nanostructured composite materials for aerospace applications. In the medical area, current research aims to develop minimally invasive (injectable) biomaterials suitable for use as surgical tissue adhesives and space-filling materials for hard and soft tissue repair, drug delivery and new tissue engineering strategies. In the aerospace area, current research aims to exploit biological strategies to develop new nanostructured composite structural materials consisting of nanostructured reinforcing elements dispersed within polymeric matrices.

1993 Ph.D., Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
1987 M.S., Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
1985 B.S., School of Life Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

1998- Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
1997-1998 Assistant Professor, Division of Biological Materials, Dental School, Northwestern University
1994-1997 Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry and Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago
1993-1994 Postdoctoral Scientist, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University

Selected Honors
2001 Study Section Boundary Team, Bioengineering Science and Technology IRG, NIH
2000 Eugene Skinner Memorial Lecture, Northwestern University
1998 Young Investigator Award, 6th International Conference on the Chemistry and Biology of Mineralized Tissue
1997 NIH First Award
1991 Graduate Student Award Finalist, Materials Research Society

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