Christine E. SchmidtOur research is focused on engineering novel materials and therapeutic systems to stimulate damaged peripheral and spinal neurons to regenerate. We take a unique approach to this problem – we use electrically conducting polymers and natural-based materials (e.g., hyaluronic acid-based biomaterials, decellularized tissues) to create therapies that can electrically, chemically, biologically and mechanically trigger neurons, at both the macroscopic and nanometer-scales.

Christine E. Schmidt, Ph.D.
Pruitt Family Professor and Department Chair
J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of Florida
P.O. Box 116131
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: 352-273-9222
Fax: 352-273-9221
Email: schmidt@bme.ufl.edu


Natural-Based Biomaterials
Natural-Based Biomaterials

Application of novel techniques to develop natural-based scaffolds (e.g., hyaluronan, decellularized tissues) for tissue regeneration.

Biomimetic Conducting Polymers
Biomimetic Conducting Polymers

Synthesis and study of advanced electronic materials optimized for applications such as neural regeneration and neural electrodes.

Mechanisms of Cell-Materials Interactions
Mechanisms of Cell-Materials Interactions

Use of experimental approaches, modeling and simulation to better understand how cells and biomolecules interface with materials.

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