Principal Investigator

Danielle Benoit, Ph.D. University of Rochester work Rochester NY 14627-0168 office: Goergen Hall 308 p (585) 273-2698

Contact

Benoit Lab University of Rochester work Goergen Hall 324 Rochester NY 14627-0168

Affiliations

Welcome to the Benoit Lab

Our lab works at the interface of medicine and engineering, with an emphasis on precisely controlling biomaterial functionality and architecture to treat diseases, control cell behavior, or answer fundamental biological questions. In particular, we are focusing on two avenues: synthetic hydrogels with tunable degradation and mechanical properties as a synthetic extracellular matrix analogue for the culture and delivery of cells for regenerative medicine approaches and polymers formed using reversible-addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization (RAFT), a controlled, living polymerization strategy, designed with drug delivery applications in mind. Our overall hypothesis is that by using bottom-up approaches, we can design ‘smart’ materials with distinct capabilities, such as controlling cell behavior or overcoming delivery barriers.

Current Research Projects