Biomaterials Laboratory

Directed by Dr. Jeffrey M. Toth, the Biomaterials Research division's main interests are: 1) Tissue Engineering, which is applicable to dentistry as well as orthopaedics, the Biomaterials laboratory has been doing research in bone tissue engineering for several years; 2) Bone Grafts and bone graft substitutes – biology, immunology, mechanical characterization; 3) Fabrication, characterization, and evaluation of ceramic biomaterials for orthopaedic and dental applications, particularly calcium phosphate ceramics as bone graft substitutes; 4) Characterization and pre-clinical testing of orthopaedic and dental biomaterials - materials, surfaces, and host-response characterization (selection, design, methods, and application of biocompatibility studies). Histology collaboration and support for grant activities in which hard tissue histology is a method of analysis. Characterization and pre-clinical testing of orthopaedic and dental biomaterials - materials, surfaces, and host-response characterization (selection, design, methods, and application of biocompatibility studies); 5) Mechanisms and clinical uses for osteoinductive substances and materials.