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MizzouForward Keynote - Engineered Polymeric Micro-Nano Structures for Tissue Repair and Regeneration



August 9th | 2:00pm-3:00pm

Ketcham Auditorium – W1005 Lafferre Hall



Join us forEngineered Polymeric Micro-Nano Structures for Tissue Repair and Regeneration" a keynote presentation by Dr. Sangamesh Kumbar, College of Engineering, MizzouForward faculty candidate.  Dr. Kumbar will present on his research for approximately 40-minutes with a 20-minute question and answer session to follow.


Sangamesh Gurappa Kumbar Ph.D. is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut Health (UConn Health). He is a core faculty member of the Biomedical Engineering Department and has a joint appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the UConn School of Engineering. He is an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. He earned his PhD in polymer science and worked as a faculty member (Tenured Scientist) at the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune in India. He worked as a Research Associate and Assistant Professor of Research at the University of Virginia, and in 2008 started his independent career at UConn Health.  His funded research is focused on synthesis and characterization of novel polymeric biomaterials and micro-nanostructured matrices for tissue engineering and drug delivery applications. All aspects of these contributions have been published in the top biomaterials journals and have been well-cited.  He teaches multiple courses in his area of expertise and serves as a mentor to students and postdoctoral fellows. He is an Associate Editor of Bioactive Materials and is on the editorial board of multiple other prominent journals in the field. He has co-edited three textbooks, namely Natural and Synthetic Biomedical Polymers, Bio-Instructive Scaffolds for Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, and Artificial Protein and Peptide Nanofibers. As an active member of SFB, MRS, ORS and BMES he continues to serve as a volunteer in scholarly, educational, and mentorship activities.


Polymeric biomaterials and their structures are used as an alternative to biological grafts in tissue repair and regeneration. Dr. Kumbar’s research efforts are focused on using semi-synthetic polymers to create micro-nanostructured grafts to improve tissue engineering and drug delivery. The micro-structures of the engineered grafts provide mechanical strength to enable the tissue repair while nanostructures direct stem cell growth under varying stimuli to promote tissue-specific healing. Semi-synthetic polymers combine the advantageous mechanical/degradation properties of synthetic materials with the inherent biological functions of natural materials. These novel materials and structures address several unmet needs of the current clinically used products and structures in terms of biocompatibility, mechanical strength, and bio-erosion. The primary focus of his lab’s research is application of 1) a cellulose biomaterial platform for load-bearing bone healing, 2) small drug molecules and nanocarriers for soft-tissue repair and regeneration, and 3) electrical stimulation for neural tissue repair and regeneration. This presentation will summarize their significant findings, continued innovation, and teaching and mentoring activities in biomaterials science and engineering. He will briefly touch on collaborative programmatic opportunities in the areas of “Musculoskeletal Tissue and Tissue-Interface Engineering” with goals of market-driven innovative solutions in a collaborative, inclusive environment and workforce development.

You can access Dr. Kumbar’s CV via OneDrive here:  CURRICULUM VITAE-Kumbar-July-14-2022.pdf   (University log in required to access)

After the keynote, please provide candidate feedback with our brief survey.

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