Bencherif Lab publishes “Electroconductive Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering: Current Status and Future Perspectives” in Bioelectricity

Congratulations to Zach, Michael and Prof. Bencherif for their latest publication, “Electroconductive Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering: Current Status and Future Perspectives” in Bioelectricity.

The paper covers the latest advances in the application of electroconductive hydrogels towards cardiac and neural tissue engineering, focusing on clinical translatability and manufacturing technologies (3D printing and bioreactors).

Check it out here.

Bencherif Lab publishes “Vascularization strategies for tissue engineering” in Biomaterials Science

In collaboration with the Khorram Group of Shiraz University in Iran, the Bencherif Lab recently published a review article titled, “Vascularization strategies for tissue engineering” in Biomaterials Science. This review covers strategies to improve vascularization for skin tissue engineering through the use of growth factors, nanoparticles, stem cells and scaffolds.

Check out the article here.

Our Research is Featured on the Cover of Macromolecular Materials and Engineering

One of our recent publications, “Effect of Polymer Concentration on Autoclaved Cryogel Properties”, was featured on the cover of the May issue of Macromolecular Materials and Engineering. The article demonstrates that cryogels consisting of optimal concentrations of several naturally derived polymers withstand autoclave sterilization and maintain syringe injectability.

Congratulations to Adnan, Mahboobeh, Pierre, Zach, Tuerdimaimaiti, Thibault and Professor Bencherif!

More information can be found here. The article can be found here and the cover can be found here.

Mahboobeh wins Northeastern COE Oustanding Graduate Research Award

Mahboobeh Rezaeeyazdi, who recently graduated with her PhD in chemical engineering, was granted the Northeastern College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Research Award for 2020! A prolific researcher, her recent publications include Injectable hyaluronic acid-co-gelatin cryogels for tissue-engineering applications, Latest advances in cryogel technology for biomedical applications, Autoclavable and injectable cryogels for biomedical applications and Effect of polymer concentration on autoclaved properties.

Congrats Mahboobeh!

Mahboobeh teaching high school students about our cryogel technology.

Bencherif Lab’s research featured on the front cover of Trends in Biotechnology

Our group recently published a review paper in the April 2020 edition of Trends in Biotechnology, titled “Injectable Cryogels for Biomedical Applications”. Our paper was featured on the front page of the edition, showing a scanning electron micrograph image of a cryogel scaffold.

In this cover picture, a scanning electron micrograph is shown displaying the stunning architectural complexity of a macroporous cryogel scaffold. In shimmering gold, pink, and purple, the colorful image illustrates a range of intricate and well-organized patterns found in the skeletal structure of ice-templated cryogels.

Read more about it here and check it out here.

The Bencherif Lab publishes “The Effect of Polymer Concentration on Autoclaved Cryogel Properties” in Macromolecular Materials and Engineering

Congratulations to Adnan, Mahboobeh, Pierre, Zachary, Tuerdimaimaiti, Thibault and Prof. Bencherif on their recent publication, “The Effect of Polymer Concentration on Autoclaved Cryogel Properties” in Macromolecular Materials and Engineering. This paper explores the impact of cryogel polymer type and concentration on resistance to autoclaving. Additionally, at an optimal polymer concentration, it was determined that cryogels for three types of polymers withstood autoclaving and maintained their unique properties, including their injectability signature.

Check it out here.

The Bencherif Lab publishes a book chapter about antimicrobial hydrogels in Racing for the Surface

Congratulations to Kasturi, Loek, Zach, Halimatu, Thibault and Prof. Bencherif for their recent publication, “Antimicrobial Hydrogels: Key Considerations and Engineering Strategies for Biomedical Applications” in Racing for the Surface, Pathogenesis of Implant Infection and Advanced Antimicrobial Strategies. This book chapter describes the most recent advances in designing and applying antimicrobial hydrogels towards mitigating healthcare-associated infections from biomedical implants.

Check out the chapter here and the book here.

Bencherif Lab Receives GapFund360 Award

Zach, Thibault, and Prof. Bencherif recently received a GapFund360 award for their project entitled “Hypoxia-inducing cryogels: a hassle-free and low-cost hypoxic cell culture solution”.

Photograph showing Zach accepting the award at the GapFund360 award ceremony.

The GapFund360 program funds and supports inventions with high potential and helps Northeastern’s researchers bridge the gap between promising lab results and demonstrating a commercially viable prototype. The GapFund360 award is especially designed to catalyze Northeastern’s state-of-the-art technologies by advancing innovation through prototyping, validation, and industry input. The ultimate goal is to move technology from lab to license, to idea to impact, as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Find more information here and see the news story here .

Bencherif Lab Receives ACORN Award

Professor Bencherif and graduate student Zachary Rogers recently received a 2020 ACORN Innovation Award for their project entitled “Hypoxia-inducing cryogels as a fast and inexpensive technology for hypoxic cell culture conditions”.

Photograph of cryogel tablets that can deplete oxygen of cell culture media within minutes.

The MA Acorn Innovation Fund is intended to support the demonstration of the viability of a technology developed at Massachusetts research universities. Awards can be used to further develop a prototype or to gather additional data to demonstrate proof of concept or to obtain data that shows how the technology compares to existing technologies and what the competitive advantages are.

Find more information here and see our other news story here.

Our sponge-like gels can help grow new tissue, train immune cells, and deliver medication.

Cryogels can be compressed down to 90 percent of their original volume and injected with a standard needle.

A news story about a technology we developed a few years ago…. which has been making a big impact in the Biomedical field since! More info can be found in our latest review article.