Seminar Friday, November 9

Speaker:
Biplab Sarkar, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associted
Department of Biomedical Engineering
NJIT

Title:
Self-assembling peptides for functional tissue regeneration

Abstract:
Self-assembling peptides that mimic extracellular fibrillar proteins are attractive targets for tissue engineering and drug delivery. These short peptides, made from the 20 natural amino acids found in nature, can self-organize themselves into higher-order nanofibers in aqueous solution and are biocompatible. The decoration of these peptide nanofibers with biofunctional domains can yield biomaterials (such as hydrogels) with useful cell-modulating properties. Recent research by Dr. Sarkar has demonstrated the regenerative potential of these functional self-assembling peptides in the fields of endodontics and intraocular posterior segment diseases.

Bio:
Dr. Biplab Sarkar is a post-doctoral research associate in the department of biomedical engineering at NJIT. He is an expert in the design of proteins, peptides, & antibodies for therapeutic use. He received J. Evans Atwell-Welch Fellowship and Robert A. Welch Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship for his research on self-assembling peptides. He received his PhD in Chemistry from Rice University. His work has been published in leading journals such as Journal of the American Chemical Society and Biomacro molecules. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and Materials Research Society.