Gaharwar co-edits biomedical textbook

Gaharwar bookCOLLEGE STATION, Texas, Sept. 23, 2013 – Akhilesh Gaharwar, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, is the lead editor of a new biomedical textbook titled “Nanomaterials in Tissue Engineering: Fabrication and Applications.”

The book, Gaharwar says, is a standard reference for researchers and tissue engineers with an interest in nanomaterials, laboratories investigating biomaterials, and academics interested in materials science, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering and biological sciences. It explores the fabrication of a variety of nanomaterials and the use of these materials across a range of tissue engineering applications, he adds.

The book focuses on the fabrication of nanomaterials for tissue engineering applications and includes chapters on engineering nanoporous biomaterials, layer-by-layer self-assembly techniques for nanostructured devices, and the synthesis of carbon based nanomaterials, Gaharwar notes. It also highlights the application of nanomaterials in soft tissue engineering and includes chapters on cardiac, neural and cartilage tissue engineering. The use of nanomaterials in hard tissue engineering applications, including bone, dental and craniofacial tissue engineering, is also detailed, he says.

Gaharwar, who joined Texas A&M this year, received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Purdue University in 2011 and worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University as a postdoctoral associate. His research spans diverse fields, including materials science, chemistry, biology and microfabrication of polymeric biomaterials and nanocomposites.

“Nanomaterials in Tissue Engineering: Fabrication and Applications” is published by Woodhead Publishing Ltd. It is co-edited by Shilpa Sant of the University of Pittsburgh, Matthew Hancock of the Broad Institute and Adam Hacking of the Laboratory for Musculoskeletal Research and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital.