Funded through grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (including a Presidential Faculty Fellow Award), the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautical Science Academy (NASA), the Arthritis Foundation, and Corporate Awards, the laboratory is dedicated to studying fundamental questions regarding biomedical polymer synthesis, characterization, and biocompatibility, the development of polymer based delivery systems for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and musculoskeletal tumors, and the development and understanding of polymer and polymer/cell based systems for the regeneration of musculoskeletal tissues such as bone, cartilage, ligament and tendon. The laboratory has over 20 members affiliated and these members have background expertise in chemical engineering, polymer and material science, cell biology, and medicine.
The Laboratory also undertakes collaborative projects and has already developed significant ties and has active research collaborations with the the Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, and the Jefferson University School of Medicine. In both collaborations, graduate students work in labs based at both our laboratories and the collaborating institution. Corporate research collaborations have been an important source of vitality in the Laurencin laboratory.
Laurencin Laboratory is dedicated to the development of next generation engineers to work in the forefront of biomaterials and tissue engineering research. In this regard, Professor Laurencin has maintained a Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) grant through his regular National Science Foundation grants for the past 9 years.