Office Location: 320 Scott Bioengineering
Matt Kipper joined the faculty of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at CSU in the fall of 2006 as an assistant professor. After earning his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University in 2000, Kipper stayed at ISU for a Ph.D., awarded in 2004. While at Iowa State, Kipper worked to develop a polymer-based system for single-dose vaccine delivery. Before joining CSU in 2006, Dr. Kipper worked as a guest researcher for two years at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with a joint NIST/NIH fellowship from the National Research Council. There, Dr. Kipper developed experimental and mathematical modeling techniques to study the migration of connective tissue cells on biomaterials with gradients of adhesion ligand peptides. This work has impact in the design of new materials for wound healing and tissue engineering applications, and in the understanding of the phenomenon of cell migration in general. At CSU, Kipper’s research continues to be in the general area of polymeric materials for biomedical applications. He is exploring the polyelectrolyte properties of biologically derived polysaccharides, and how these properties can be exploited to tailor the nanostructure of biomaterials. He is also studying interactions of proteins and cells with these nanostructed materials to optimize their surface properties for particular biomedical applications.