Bret Ulery, University of Chicago
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Biodesign Auditorium (B105) [map]
As the biomaterials community tackles grand challenges like intracellular drug delivery and complex tissue regeneration, strategies employing inert biomaterials serving a singular function are suboptimal. Instead novel, multidimensional strategies need to be developed to achieve the next series of breakthroughs in biomaterials-based research. One new paradigm is the exploitation of the physicochemical properties of biomaterials to directly modulate cell and host responses. These biomodulatory materials can be used individually or in combination with bioactive factors to produce desired outcomes in a variety of biomedical fields. In this seminar, Bret Ulery presents his research on designing and utilizing biomodulatory materials in musculoskeletal tissue engineering and immunoengineering.
Bret Ulery is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago in Matthew Tirrell’s research group. He completed his graduate research with Balaji Narasimhan at Iowa State University and received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering with a graduate minor in immunobiology in 2010. Following completion of his doctoral studies, he spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow under the advisement of Cato Laurencin at the University of Connecticut Health Center.