ABOUT THE KIPPER GROUP
Matt Kipper is a professor of chemical and biological engineering at Colorado State University, and holds joint appointments in the School of Biomedical Engineering and the School of Advanced Materials Discovery. He earned his B.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Iowa State University in 2000 and 2004, respectively. While at Iowa State, Kipper worked to develop a polymer-based system for single-dose vaccine delivery.
Before joining CSU in 2006, 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, he developed experimental and mathematical modeling techniques to study the migration of connective tissue cells on biomaterials with gradients of adhesion ligand peptides, applied to the design of new materials for wound healing and tissue engineering applications.
At CSU, Kipper and his team members focus on the development and characterization of polymeric materials for biomedical applications. Of particular interest are 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 nanostructured materials to optimize their surface properties for particular biomedical applications. Kipper received the Abell Outstanding Early-Career Faculty Award in 2011 and the College of Engineering Faculty Achievement Award in 2015.