Silk Proteins: Functional Materials for Medicine

Thursday, October 22, 2020
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Location: Zoom Webinar

David L. Kaplan, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Distinguished University Professor
Tufts University


Silk is one of the oldest biomaterials, utilized as sutures for centuries, yet undergoing a rebirth into new biomaterial formats and applications in recent years. Key to this emergence has been new fundamental insight into mechanisms of self-assembly of this unique, high molecular weight, amphiphilic protein, along with new modes to modify the native protein using processing methods and chemistries. Some of these strategies will be discussed related to fundamental aspects of controlling material structure and function. The utility of some of these new silk-based biomaterials in 3D printing, biomaterial scaffolding, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine will also be addressed. 

***Engineering Foundation Endowed Lectureship***

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