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Tissue Engineering
The research on tissue engineering is focused on the development of biodegradable scaffolds for cartilage and bone tissue engineering applications. Tissue engineering approaches are mainly focused to restore damaged tissues and organs based on the transplantation of cells in combination with supportive matrices and biomolecules. In recent years, functional biomaterials research has been directed toward the development of three dimensional scaffolds for tissue engineering. Chitosan is a linear polysaccharide derived from partially deacetylation of chitin. It is a copolymer of N-acetyl D-glucosamine and D-glycosamine and its polysaccharide backbone is seen as an attractive candidate for an extracellular matrix substitute. Our goal is to develop biomaterials-based scaffolds and biomaterial-bioceramics (nano-hydroxyapatite, nano-β-tricalcium phosphate) nanocomposite scaffolds applicable for cartilage and bone tissue engineering. We are adopting novel methods to develop three-dimensional structures for cartilage and bone tissue engineering and investigate their physico-chemical, mechanical and biological properties.

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