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Milana Vasudev, PhD

Assistant Professor

Bioengineering

508-999-9284

508-999-9139

milana.vasudev@umassd.edu

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Education

2010University of Illinois at ChicagoPh.D. in Bioengineering
2006University of Illinois at ChicagoMS in Bioengineering
2003Visvesvaraiah Technological UniversityBE in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Teaching

  • BNG 418 Biological Interactions on Materials Surfaces
  • BNG 417 Nanotechnology in Bioengineering Systems
  • BNG 318 Biomeasurement and Control
  • BNG 316 Biomaterials
  • BNG 101 Intro to Bioengineering

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Team-taught introductory course that emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to current topics in the range of academic disciplines and gives students their first exposure to faculty research areas. The course, as much as possible, will involve faculty from all participating campuses, will involve outside industry speakers to present topics of contemporary importance, and will offer joint lectures from guest speakers. This course should be taken in a student's first semester in the program if possible.

Introduction to next-generation techniques in genetic, molecular, biochemical, and cellular engineering. Lab modules include: gene and genome engineering, protein isolation and separation, enzyme analysis and product development based on useful applications of biological technologies.

An introduction to biological and biomedical materials. The course examines the structure and properties of metallic, ceramic, polymeric, and biological materials and their interaction with biological systems. Consideration is given to biocompatibility and biodegradation of natural and synthetic biomedical materials and their use for hard and soft tissue replacement, organ replacement, coating and adhesives, dental implants, and drug delivery systems. Recent trends in biomaterials design, synthesis, commercialization and performance are also discussed.

A fundamental understanding of medical instrumentation together with measurements in the growing fields of molecular biology, cellular biology, and tissue engineering. This course introduces students to measurements, covers the necessary electronics, and then clinical chemistry measurements, cell counting and characterization, measurements on the nervous system, heart and circulation, lung function, kidney function and medical imaging.

An introduction to the basic concepts of nanosciences and the application of nanotechnology in biology and medicine. Fundamentals of design in nanoscience and nanotechnology are explored. Ethical and environmental implications in the rapid development of nanotechnology and molecular probe engineering are also discussed. Methods used in the research and development of bioengineering are described. The interface between nanosized materials and biomolecules, the application of nanoparticles and nanoassemblies, modeling of interactions between nanoparticles and cells and tissues, and nanomedicine are covered.

Biomimetics - human-made processes, substances, devices or systems that imitate nature. This course focuses on substances prepared and engineered to meet biomedical uses. The biomimetic process of self-assembly; bioengineering of biological materials; structure hierarchy; imaging, identification and characterization of biological and biomimetic materials; biomimetic electronics, optics, actuation and sensing.

Biomimetics - human-made processes, substances, devices or systems that imitate nature. This course focuses on substances prepared and engineered to meet biomedical uses. The biomimetic process of self-assembly; bioengineering of biological materials; structure hierarchy; imaging, identification and characterization of biological and biomimetic materials; biomimetic electronics, optics, actuation and sensing.

An introduction to the basic concepts of nanosciences and the application of nanotechnology in biology and medicine. Fundamentals of design in nanoscience and nanotechnology are explored. Ethical and environmental implications in the rapid development of nanotechnology and molecular probe engineering are also discussed. Methods used in the research and development of bioengineering are described. The interface between nanosized materials and biomolecules, the application of nanoparticles and nanoassemblies, modeling of interactions between nanoparticles and cells and tissues, and nanomedicine are covered.

Biomimetics - human-made processes, substances, devices or systems that imitate nature. This course focuses on substances prepared and engineered to meet biomedical uses. The biomimetic process of self-assembly; bioengineering of biological materials; structure hierarchy; imaging, identification and characterization of biological and biomimetic materials; biomimetic electronics, optics, actuation and sensing.

Biomimetics - human-made processes, substances, devices or systems that imitate nature. This course focuses on substances prepared and engineered to meet biomedical uses. The biomimetic process of self-assembly; bioengineering of biological materials; structure hierarchy; imaging, identification and characterization of biological and biomimetic materials; biomimetic electronics, optics, actuation and sensing.

Research

Research Interests

  • Nano Materials
  • Vapor deposition of nano materials
  • Biosensors
  • Drug Delivery

The Nanobioscience lab at UMass Dartmouth focuses on the synthesis and the applications of bioinspired nanomaterials, using techniques such as vapor phase deposition, and synthesis in solution. We are also interested in studying the interactions of nanostructures with biological materials, both in vitro and in vivo. Some of the applications include the development of coatings for implants, drug delivery, real-time chemical and biological sensors and nanobioelectronics. The students working in my lab will have an opportunity to gain research experience working in multi-disciplinary fields such as chemical synthesis, cell culture, mechanical and electrical characterization techniques.

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