Silviya P. Zustiak, PhD

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Saint Louis University (SLU)

Our research is focused on hydrogel biomaterials and tissue engineering, with emphasis on developing novel biomaterials as cell scaffolds, drug delivery vehicles, 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.