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“Designing biomedical materials by mimicking marine materials”

Marine microenvironment has much common with human body. Both systems are naturally saline, experience variation of control over fluid flow, fouling by flowing via macromolecules, and degradation of organics via cellular-level activities. These are just a few examples of matching biological and mechanical events both present in the human body and the marine environment. Understanding physics and chemistry of marine biomaterials will provide the scientists useful insights for designing biomaterials for biomedical application. Isolation and characterization of the load bearing precusors in marine biomaterials is a prerequisite for mimicking those materials. Therefore, we aim to isolate, to produce, and to characterize of novel load bearing biomaterials from marine organisms and material properties of these biomaterials will be further investigated by collaborative research with materials and physics departments