Phillip Messersmith

Phillip Messersmith

Title
Professor of Bioengineering and Materials Science and Engineering
Department
Dept of Bioengineering
Dept of Materials Science and Engineering
Phone
(510) 643-9631
Research Expertise and Interest
biomaterials, adhesion, polymers, self-assembly, biomimetics, biomedical devices
Research Description

My laboratory is interested in understanding structure-property relationships in biological materials and in using this information to design biologically inspired materials for use in healthcare. Fundamental studies include single molecule and bulk biophysical studies of biointerfacial and bulk mechanochemical phenomena in biological materials, whereas our applied studies the design and synthesis of novel biomaterials for tissue repair and regeneration.

In the News

June 30, 2016

Fetal surgery stands to advance from new glues inspired by mussels

UC Berkeley engineer Phillip Messersmith is happy to be learning lessons from a lowly mollusk, with the expectation that the knowledge gained will enable him and fellow physicians to prevent deaths among their youngest patients — those who haven’t been born yet.

In the News

June 30, 2016

Fetal surgery stands to advance from new glues inspired by mussels

UC Berkeley engineer Phillip Messersmith is happy to be learning lessons from a lowly mollusk, with the expectation that the knowledge gained will enable him and fellow physicians to prevent deaths among their youngest patients — those who haven’t been born yet.

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