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Buddy D. Ratner, PhD

University of Washington


Buddy D. Ratner, PhD


The focus of my research is on exploiting biology and specific biological recognition mechanisms in order to develop a new generation of biomaterials for medical implants that heal naturally in the body and/or lead to the regeneration of tissue. The concept of working with biology and biological recognition opens interdisciplinary pathways for exploration: surface analysis, surface engineering, materials science, biology, and medicine, just to name a few. My two primary research/education programs, University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials (UWEB, an NSF Engineering Research Center) and BioEngineered Autologous Tissue (BEAT, an NIH Bioengineering Research Partnership grant) are the platforms providing resources and direction for the research objectives.