Biomaterials can be classified as synthetic or natural materials intended to either augment, direct, replace, repair or regenerate organs, tissues, or cells. The field of biomaterials employs the combination of concepts and experimental techniques used in materials science and engineering, as well as the biological sciences, to address the structure-property-performance relationships of biomaterials and the devices that employ them. Biomaterials origins stem from the use of synthetic materials (metals, polymer & ceramics) in diverse applications as vascular graphs, artificial hips and dental restorations. More recently the scope of the field has broadened to include studies of natural tissues, cellular structures, and biomacromolecules, sometimes collectively referred to as biological materials. The biomaterials field has rapidly expanded to incorporate additional interdisciplinary elements of the biomedical and physical sciences. Biointerfaces, bio-microdevices, controlled drug delivery, tissue engineering, and efforts to apply knowledge from cell and molecular biology to regenerate tissues and organs are now at the leading edge of biomaterials research.

Biomaterials faculty in the graduate group:

Douglas Clark
Irina Conboy
Tejal A. Desai
Shawn Douglas
Robert Full
Xiaohua Gong
Teresa Head-Gordon
Kevin Healy
Jay Keasling
Sanjay Kumar
Luke Lee
Seung-Wuk Lee
Gerard Marriott
Phillip Messersmith
Mohammad Mofrad
Niren Murthy
Lisa Pruitt
Shuvo Roy
David Schaffer
Andreas Stahl
Francis Szoka Jr.
Ting Xu