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In February, three NIDCR grantees were elected to the American Academy of Engineering. Science Spotlight
plans over the coming weeks to interview all three scientists to hear their thoughts on receiving this high honor and learn more about the latest progress in tissue engineering. Our first stop is Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Ph.D. She is a professor of biomedical engineering and a professor of medicine at Columbia University in New York, where she serves as director of Columbia’s Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering and is the co-director of the Craniofacial Regeneration Center. Dr. Vunjak-Novakovic also is an associate director of NIH's Resource Center for Tissue Engineering. more.....
Bioadhesion: An Amino Acid Like No Other
Remarkably, mussels can adhere to surfaces wet and dry, organic and inorganic. This all-purpose adhesiveness first intrigued scientists a few decades ago as one of nature’s best guides to design better dental and medical bioadhesives. However, attempts to mimic mussels have been slowed by an inadequate understanding of the molecular underpinnings of their adhesion. In a groundbreaking study published online this August in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, NIDCR grantees and a colleague defined the adhesive qualities of a single amino acid that is prominent in mussel glue. The Inside Scoop spoke to Dr. Phillip Messersmith, the senior author on the paper and a scientist at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, to hear his perspective. more...