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GAANN-BIO Overview

Following are the unique educational and training objectives of this proposal:

  • Enable greater numbers of students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, including women and minorities, to pursue doctoral study in advanced materials science focusing on biomaterials. This is a multi-participant effort that includes the Office of Graduate Studies, the College of Engineering, the School of Biomedical Engineering, the School of Education, Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCoM), and the Greater Philadelphia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (Philadelphia AMP).
  • Enable Fellows to participate in multidisciplinary research and establish leadership roles in the key area of materials science and engineering, namely biomaterials, a nationally articulated area of priority for future engineers and scientists.
  • Prepare Fellows to pursue careers in academia or prominent research laboratories.
  • Enable Fellows to participate in research collaborations and/or industrial internships as an integral component of their graduate education.
  • Disseminate lessons learned from educating Fellows through consortia, professional organizations and workshops.

Research Opportunities

Synthetic Biomaterials for Medical Devices

Advances in materials science and engineering together with a deeper understanding of the biological response have lead to a plethora of innovative solutions produced by the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel and their collaborators in the College of Engineering, the School of Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences and the Drexel College of Medicine.

Drug Delivery for Controlled Release of Pharmaceuticals

Targeted controlled release drug delivery can dramatically improve pharmaceutical therapy by maintaining therapeutic drug levels in a tissue over time. Such optimum drug delivery can decrease both side effects and cost. Current controlled release systems employ biodegradable polymers, swelling hydrogels, or nanoparticles to deliver drugs. The human body contains an existing controlled release system, the basement membrane, which binds and releases bioactive factors produced and secreted by cells.

Molecular Engineering for Tissue Restoration

Materials that that mimic biological structure and function are currently being researched by faculty at Drexel, who are investigating biomimetic aggrecan, an enzymatically resistant molecular design to mechanically stabilize the intervertebral disc utilizing a hybrid synthetic/bio-based aggrecan-like macromolecule. In addition, computational modeling of both molecular and continuum systems are critical to our understanding of the mechanisms of drug delivery.

Tissue Scaffolds for 3-D Cellular Engineering

Faculty at Drexel are involved in a diverse array of research in this area. This includes attachment of the blastocyst to the uterine endometrial epithelium, 3D tissue engineering structures functionalized with iron oxide nanoparticle, biopolymer-based tissue scaffolds, and diamond-structured nanoparticles for a number of biomedical applications.


Eligible applicants...

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be currently enrolled as a Ph.D. student in Drexel’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering program, or have applied to or have been accepted to Drexel’s materials science and engineering graduate program (please apply to Drexel University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering’s graduate program)
  • Must have an interest in focusing on the field of biomaterials
  • Must have an excellent academic record
  • Must complete the FAFSA form by the March 15 deadline (see below)
  • Are planning to pursue a Ph.D.
  • Are planning a career in teaching or research

FASFA Information

If you are interested in applying for this program you MUST fill out a FAFSA form. The FAFSA deadline is March 15th.

To fill out FAFSA, please visit Drexel's FAFSA page.

You will notice that the Drexel deadlines differ from the deadlines on the government FAFSA website. We have to go by Drexel’s FAFSA deadlines, so the deadline is March 15th.

By filling out a FAFSA, you will be receiving a whole financial aid package from Drexel. Be sure NOT to accept any of the loans about which they send you information without consulting Dorilona Rose. Accepting these loans may make you ineligible for the GAANN.

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Last updated Thursday, November 8, 2012