Our research is focused on hydrogel biomaterials and tissue engineering, with emphasis on developing novel biomaterials as cell scaffolds and drug screening platforms, and elucidating matrix structure-property relationships as well as cell-matrix interactions. Biomaterial-based models are crucial for bridging the gap between traditional tissue culture and animal models by providing a cell environment that closely mimics real tissue. This research is highly multidisciplinary, merging the fields of engineering, materials science, and biology.
Principle Investigator: Silviya Petrova Zustiak, PhD
2018-present Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, SLU, St Louis, MO
2014-present Adjunct Assistant Professor, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, MST, Rolla, Mo
2013-2018 Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, SLU, St Louis, MO
2010-2012 Post-doctoral Fellow in Biophysics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
2004-2009 Ph.D. Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, UMBC, Baltimore, MD
1996-2002 BS/MS Bioelectrical Engineering, Technical University - Sofia, Bulgaria
Dr. Silviya Petrova Zustiak, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Saint Louis University.
3507 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103-2010. Phone: (314) 977-8331. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Biomedical Engineering Building
3507 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103
Bldg 6 on University map
Phone: (314) 977-8331
Zustiak Soft Tissue Engineering Laboratory
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