Meet Dr. Ketul Popat, Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Ketul Popat started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering/ School of Biomedical Engineering at CSU in December 2007 and was promoted to Full Professor in Fall 2020.
Popat is the director of Biomaterials Surface Micro/Nano Engineering Laboratory. His research group’s expertise is in the areas of biomaterials and tissue engineering. Surfaces that contain micro- and nanoscale features in a well-controlled and “engineered” manner have been shown to significantly affect cellular and subcellular function.
Within the auspices of his research program, his students are developing, refining and extending select fabrication routes for producing materials with controlled nanoarchitecture and bioactivity, potentially moving us closer to the goal of biointegration. Of great interest is the creation of controlled micro- and nanoarchitectures in an attempt to mimic the natural physical and biological environment that encourages either tissue regeneration and growth OR prevents blood clotting and inflammatory response.
The ability to create model nano-dimensional constructs that mimic physiological systems can aid in studying complex tissue interactions in terms of cell communication, response to matrix geometry, and effects of external chemical stimuli. By understanding how physical surface parameters influence cellular functionality, we can design biomaterial surfaces for a variety of medical devices.
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