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Tufts University School of Medicine

David Kaplan

Stern Family Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Programs: Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology
Laboratory: Science & Technology Center 251

David Kaplan

Stern Family Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Programs: Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology
Laboratory: Science & Technology Center 251

Phone 617-627-3251
Lab phone: 617-627-4320
Office: Science & Technology Center
Campus: Medford

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Education

  • BS, Biology, University of Albany
  • PhD, Biology & Biochemistry, SUNY, Syracuse & Syracuse University
  • Postdoctoral Training, SUNY, Syracuse

Research synopsis

My research is at the interface between biology and materials science and engineering and aimed at understanding and controlling the biological synthesis and processing of polymers and polymer interfaces. This understanding is used to control the functional attributes of the polymers related to cell responses, solution properties, architectural control of assembly and self-assembly. This problem is addressed using genetic, physiological and enzymatic approaches. These concepts are also integrated into ongoing efforts in tissue engineering. Our studies are focused on the manipulation of adult human stem cells on novel protein-based matrices in novel bioreactors to generate desired tissue outcomes -- ligament, bone, cartilage.