Biomaterials as Synthetic Extracellular Matrices: Biology in the Fourth Dimension


Biomaterials as Synthetic Extracellular Matrices: Biology in the Fourth Dimension

Dr. Kristi S. Anseth, University of Colorado Boulder

12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m., September 28, 2021   |   107 Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library

Dr. Kristi Anseth’s research group is interested in the development of polymeric biomaterials that can interface with cells and promote tissue regeneration and repair. From a fundamental perspective, they seek to decipher the critical extracellular matrix (ECM) signals that are relevant for tissue development, regeneration, and disease and then design materials that integrate these signals. From an applied perspective, they use this knowledge to engineer materials that can promote tissue regeneration and wound healing in vivo.

Prof. Kristi S.Anseth
Dr. Kristi S. Anseth

This talk will illustrate their recent efforts towards the synthesis of new hydrogel chemistries for 4D cell culture and regenerative medicine, and how one can dynamically control biochemical and biophysical properties through orthogonal, photochemical click reaction mechanisms. Some specific examples will include the design of hydrogels that promote musculoskeletal tissue regeneration, super-swelling matrices to visualize cell-matrix interactions with unprecedented resolution, and materials-directed growth of an organoid from a single stem cell. These efforts will then be placed in the context of designing precision biomaterials to address demands for patient specific products and treatments.

Kristi Anseth is a professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and associate faculty director of the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently holds the Tisone Professorship and is a Distinguished Professor.

Dr. Anseth came to CU-Boulder after earning her B.S. degree from Purdue University, her Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado, and completing post-doctoral research at MIT as an NIH fellow. Her research interests lie at the interface between biology and engineering where she designs new biomaterials for applications in drug delivery and regenerative medicine.

Dr. Anseth’s research group has published over 350 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and she has trained more than 110 graduate students and postdoctoral associates. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (2009), the National Academy of Medicine (2009), the National Academy of Sciences (2013), the National Academy of Inventors (2016) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2019). Most recently, she received the L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award in the Life Sciences (2020).

Dr. Anseth has served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Materials Research Society, the Board of Governors for Acta Materialia, Inc, the NIH Advisory Council for NIBIB, and as Chair of the NAE US Frontiers of Engineering meetings.