Our research focus is regenerative medicine, specifically tissue engineering and biomaterials in urologic, gastrointestinal and vascular regeneration models.
We study the regenerative applications of combining novel elastomeric scaffolds with specific stem and progenitor cell populations, and utilize nanomolecules and small molecules to customize microenvironments suited to specific regenerative processes.
"Growth factor release from a chemically modified elastomeric poly(1,8-octanediol-co-citrate) thin film promotes angiogenesis in vivo." (Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A)
News and Awards
Dr Arun Sharma received the Catalyst Research Award from the Dr Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust.
Best Poster Award, AUA 2017: "Optimizing Urethral Healing with Anti-Inflammatory Nanofibers", Joceline S Fuchs, MD (featured in AUA News)
Collaborative projects discussed in Dr Guillermo Ameer's article, "Emerging Field of Regenerative Engineering Potential Game Changer for Tissue, Organ Repair" (R&D
Dr Arun Sharma, "Anti-inflammatory Nanomolecules for the Treatment of Crohn's Disease"
The Hartwell Foundation grants awards to individuals for innovative and cutting-edge biomedical applied research that will potentially benefit children.
Joceline Liu, MD wins First Year Fellow Basic Science Award at the 12th Annual Research Scholar Day, held by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
Joceline Liu, MD (Mentor: Arun Sharma, PhD), "Reducing the inflammatory milieu in a rat model of substitution urethroplasty with bone marrow stem cell populations"