Mussel-Inspired Polymers for Mucosal Drug Delivery
Mussels have the ability to adhere to wet surfaces through the byssus, a collection of protein-based threads, that are formed by the mussels foot. My graduate student mentor and I will investigate the use of mussel-inspired adhesive moieties to enhance contact and retention of polymers on mucosal tissues. In particular, I plan to use our mucoadhesive drug-loaded particles to explore the new concept of drug-induced regenerative medicine, wherein adult mammals are able to regenerate tissues in a scarless manner. The resulting mucoadhesive polymers will be useful in the future for treating ocular and oral diseases.
Message to Sponsor
- Major: Undeclared
- Sponsor: Johnson Fund
- Mentor: Arianna Avellan