Nano@Wayne Seminar: “Biomaterials for Nerve Repair Therapies”

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The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the Nano@Wayne seminar on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 2:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m. in the Bernath Auditorium located in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The seminar is free and open to the public.

The Nano@Wayne Seminar Series presents, “Biomaterials for Nerve Repair Therapies” with Christine Schmidt, University of Florida. Christine E. Schmidt is the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Endowed Chair and Department Chair of the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. Dr. Schmidt received her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988 and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995 (with D. Lauffenburger). Dr. Schmidt's research is focused on developing new biomaterials and biomaterial composites (e.g., natural material scaffolds, processed tissues, electronic polymer composites) that can be used to physically guide and stimulate regenerating nerves and the healing of other tissues.


Damage to spinal cord and peripheral nerve tissue can have a devastating impact on the quality of life for individuals suffering from nerve injuries. Our research is focused on analyzing and designing biomaterials that can interface with neurons and specifically stimulate and guide nerves to regenerate. These biomaterials might be required for facial and hand reconstruction or in trauma cases, and potentially could be used to aid the regeneration of damaged spinal cord. Our research has focused on both top down and bottom up approaches to studying nerve regeneration and designing therapies ultimately for use in the clinic. 

A short reception will immediately follow the seminar. 

Undergraduate Library, David Adamany Bernath Auditorium
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202

For more information about this event, please contact Kayla Watson at 3135775600 or

Submissions for this form have closed on December 5, 2017 at 11:59 pm.