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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: silviya.zustiak@slu.edu


Biomedical Engineering Building

3507 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103

Room 2024

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Phone: (314) 977-8331

E-mail: silviya.zustiak@slu.edu

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