Biomaterials Science

Exploring the underlying science behind the function, interactions and design of biomaterials

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Nicola Wise
Executive Editor

Biomaterials Science
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 420066
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Biomaterials Science Staff

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Phil Messersmith


Phillip B. Messersmith is a professor working in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Bioengineering at University of California, Berkeley  . He earned his B.S. degree in life sciences in 1985 and his Ph.D. degree in materials science and engineering in 1993 from the University of Illinois at Urbana. Dr. Messersmith was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University from 1993-1994 and a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1994-1997. His research interests include studies of biological adhesives, including mussel adhesive proteins and gecko adhesives, the design of biomimetic adhesive polymers and polymer composites, development of novel biomaterials for regenerative medicine, and antifouling polymer surfaces. His awards and honors include a young investigator award from the Whitaker Foundation, a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health, and the Langmuir Lecture Award from the American Chemical Society. Dr. Messersmith is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and of Biomaterials Science and Engineering. Dr. Messersmith is also a member of the editorial/advisory boards of Soft Matter, Nanomedicine, Biointerphases and Biomedical Materials. 

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Norio Nakatsuji


Prof. Nakatsuji received Doctor of Science in developmental biology from the Graduate School of Science at Kyoto University in 1977. He then spent several years in postdoctoral training at Umea University in Sweden, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and George Washington University in USA, and MRC Mammalian Development Unit in UK. He returned to Japan to join the Meiji Institute of Health Science in 1984, and became a professor at National Institute of Genetics in 1991. In 1999, he moved to the newly reorganized Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences at Kyoto University, which is devoted to both basic and application research in regenerative medicine. His main research interests have been developmental biology of mammals focusing on germ cell lineage, nervous systems, and pluripotent stem cells. In 2003, his group succeeded in deriving human embryonic stem (hES) cell lines and distributing them to other scientists. Since 2007, he is the founding director of Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), an institute which aims to advance cross-disciplinary research and technological innovation based on cell biology, chemistry and physics. Recently, his research group is focusing on multidisciplinary research using human ES and iPS cells in collaboration with chemical biology and material science groups, which includes development of chemical tools for stem cell control and creation of disease model cells for research and drug discovery.

Associate Editors

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Jianjun Cheng

Associate Editor

Jianjun Cheng received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Nankai University, China, in 1993, a M.S. degree in chemistry from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1996, and a Ph.D. degree in materials science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2001. From 2001 to 2004, Cheng was a senior scientist and a project leader at Insert Therapeutics, Inc. After working as a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2004 to 2005, Cheng joined the faculty of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2005.  He is currently an associate professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and is a faculty affiliate with Department of Chemistry, Department of Bioengineering, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Institute of Genomic Biology, and the Cancer Center of the University of Illinois.  Cheng's research is focused on design, synthesis and application of polymeric- and nano-biomaterials in drug and gene delivery.  He received a Prostate Cancer Foundation Competitive Award (2007), a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2008) and a NIH Director's New Innovator Award (2010).

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Matthias Lutolf

Associate Editor

Matthias Lutolf is Head of the Laboratory of Stem Cell Bioengineering (LSCB) which belongs to the Institute of Bioengineering at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. He was trained as a Materials Scientist at ETH Zurich where he also carried out his Ph.D. studies on the development of a novel class of biologically responsive synthetic hydrogels for tissue engineering (2004). In 2005 Lutolf joined the Baxter Laboratory in Stem Cell Biology at Stanford University to work on stem cell biology with Postdoc fellowships from the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In 2007 Lutolf won a prestigious European Young Investigator (EURYI) award to start up his independent research at EPFL. His work interfaces biomaterials engineering, microfabrication and stem cell biology to elucidate how microenvironmental signals control stem cell fate and to find better means to grow stem cells in-vitro.

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Hiroshi Sugiyama

Associate Editor

Hiroshi Sugiyama obtained his PhD in 1984 with Teruo Matuura at Kyoto University. After postdoctoral studies at the University of Virginia with Sidney M. Hecht, he returned to Kyoto University in 1986 as an assistant professor and became an associate professor in Isao Saito group in 1993. He was promoted a full professor of the Institute for Medical and Dental Engineering at Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 1996. He has been a professor of chemistry, in the Graduate School of Science at Kyoto University since 2003.  In 2008 he was appointed as a principle investigator of iCeMS. His research interests involve the bioorganic chemistry of nucleic acids and his research group is defining the chemical principles underlying the recognition, reactivity and structure of nucleic acids. He has been awarded a Nippon IBM award in 1999, and The Creative Work Award of Chemical Society of Japan in 2005.  He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ChemBioChem (since 2005) and J. Am. Chem. Soc (since 2009).

Editorial Board

Adah Almutairi

University of California San Diego, USA

Mark Bradley

University of Edinburgh, UK

Justin Cooper-White

University of Queensland, Australia

Sarah Heilshorn

Stanford University, USA

Patrick Stayton

University of Washington, USA

Jun Wang

University of Science and Technology of China

Tanja Weil

University of Ulm, Germany

Advisory Board

Kazunari Akiyoshi

iCeMS, Kyoto, Japan

Cameron Alexander

University of Nottingham, UK

Frank Caruso

The University of Melbourne, Australia

Giuseppe Battaglia

University College London, UK

Ashutosh Chilkoti

Duke University, USA

Jianwu Dai

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Andrew Dove

University of Warwick, UK

Hongwei Duan

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Julie Gough

University of Manchester, UK

Jeffrey Hubbell

University of Chicago, USA

Darrell Irvine


Jian Ji

Zhejiang University, China

Kazunori Kataoka

University of Tokyo, Japan

Ali Khademhosseini

Harvard-MIT, USA

Susumu Kitagawa

iCeMS, Kyoto, Japan

Akihiro Kusumi

iCeMS, Japan

Ick Chan Kwon

KIST, South Korea

Sebastien Lecommandoux

University of Bordeaux 1, France

Keith McLean

CSIRO, Australia

Wolfgang Meier

University of Basel, Switzerland

Steve Oh

A*STAR, Singapore

Teruo Okano

Tokyo Women's Medical University, Japan

Nicholas Peppas

University of Texas at Austin, USA

Suzie Pun

University of Washington, USA

Buddy Ratner

University of Washington, USA

Molly Shoichet

University of Toronto, Canada

Xintao Shuai

Sun Yat-Sen University, China

Samuel Stupp

Northwestern University, USA

Doo Sung Lee

SungKyunKwan University, South Korea

Igal Szleifer

Northwestern University, USA

Marcus Textor

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

María Vicent

Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe, Spain

Carsten Werner

Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research, Germany

Joyce Wong

Boston University, USA

Jackie Ying

IBN, Singapore

Xingdong Zhang

Sichuan University, China