Silk Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

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Subhas Kundu
Elsevier, Mar 24, 2014 - Medical - 582 pages

Silk is increasingly being used as a biomaterial for tissue engineering applications, as well as sutures, due to its unique mechanical and chemical properties. Silk Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine discusses the properties of silk that make it useful for medical purposes and its applications in this area.

Part one introduces silk biomaterials, discussing their fundamentals and how they are processed, and considering different types of silk biomaterials. Part two focuses on the properties and behavior of silk biomaterials and the implications of this for their applications in biomedicine. These chapters focus on topics including biodegradation, bio-response to silk sericin, and capillary growth behavior in porous silk films. Finally, part three discusses the applications of silk biomaterials for tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and biomedicine, with chapters on the use of silk biomaterials for vertebral, dental, dermal, and cardiac tissue engineering.

Silk Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine is an important resource for materials and tissue engineering scientists, R&D departments in industry and academia, and academics with an interest in the fields of biomaterials and tissue engineering.

  • Discusses the properties and applications of silk for medical purposes
  • Considers pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical applications

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Part II Properties and behaviour of silk biomaterials
Part III Tissue engineering regenerative medicine and biomedical applications of silk biomaterials

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S. C. Kundu, Ph. D. is now European Research Area Chair and Full Professor at 3Bs Research Group, I3Bs-Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics, University of Minho, Headquarters of the European Institute of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Portugal under European Commission Programme (FoReCaST). Before joining 3Bs Research Group, he was a Full Professor and Founder Head of Department of Biotechnology of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India. In his early career, he was Assistant Professor to Full Professor including Head of Department at Manipur University (erstwhile Jawaharlal Nehru University Centre), Imphal, Manipur. He was also a Distinguished Invited Professor at Dankook University, South Korea. He taught genetics, cell and molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology to under-graduates, post-graduates and pre-doctoral students. Dr. Kundu received his post-doctoral training at Institute of Molecular Biology, Moscow; Department of Biology, York University, Canada; Medical University, Lubeck, Germany; Department of Biology & Biochemistry, Brunel University, UK. His chief area of interest is silk biomaterials, tissue engineering and 3D cancer modelling for drug screening. He has published 180 major research articles in journals such as Chromosoma, Experimental Cell Research, Methods in Enzymology, J Biological Chemistry, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Acta Biomaterialia, Biomedical Microdevices, Biomaterials, Progress in Polymer Science, Biotechnology Advances, Tissue Engineering A, Nanoscale, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, and others. He is in the editorial board member of Biomaterials, Scientific Reports, Journal of Biological Engineering, and Journal of Biomedical Materials. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India, West Bengal Academy of Sciences, India and Alexander von Humboldt, Germany.

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