Novel polymeric biomaterials for tissue engineering & regenerative medicine
The primary focus of my research is exploring the complex interplay between material composition, structural hierarchy, and biological response. The main goal of these efforts is to establish reliable techniques for both active and passive control of cell behavior by controlling matrix and scaffold composition and morphology in order to develop novel therapies for tissue regeneration and the treatment of disease. Current efforts include the generation of 3D-printed scaffolds to direct tissue organization and repair in a spatiotemporal manner, the production of novel biopolymers for use as injectable, in situ forming tissue engineering scaffolds, and the pursuit of novel treatments for diseases of the bowel based on regenerative medicine.
Dr. Adam Ekenseair joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern as an Assistant Professor in the summer of 2013. He grew up in Northwest Arkansas and received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas in 2005. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was both a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow. In graduate school, he studied non-Fickian penetrant transport dynamics in glassy polymers, and went on to develop novel injectable, in situ forming, hydrogel-based scaffolds for the repair of craniofacial bone tissue defects as a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University in Houston, TX.