Dr. Kagya Amoako

“Anti-thrombotic and Anti-septic Biomaterials Development"
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Marvin K. Peterson Library, Upper Level


Artificial materials in medicine are increasingly being used in ways that warrant their interaction with cells, bacteria, blood, tissue, and sometimes a combination of these complex living systems. The fates of such interactions are critical for applications including biomimetic surfaces, regenerative medicine, immunomodulation, smart biomaterials for drug delivery, and many more. For blood-contacting devices, their surface interactions with blood mostly lead to blood coagulation, inflammation, device failure, and patient complications.

This talk will discuss the role of anti-platelet nitric oxide and zwitterionic anti-fouling polymer coatings as tools for developing biocompatible biomaterials. Nitric oxide (NO) releasing catheter, zwitterionic polymer-coated glucose sensor, bactericidal effects of NO, and flow systems for determining stability of anti-fouling coatings will be highlighted.

Biographical Information

Assistant Professor (Dept. Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at TCoE)
Joined University of New Haven in Fall 2014
Coordinator of the Biomedical Engineering MS program (Currently being reviewed by the Office of Higher Education)
Director of the Biomaterials and Medical Device Innovation Lab (unhbmdilab.com)

University of Michigan (PhD. Bioengineering)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and University of Washington, Seattle (Postdoctoral Fellowship)

Research Interests include:
Blood/biomaterials interaction
BioInspired surface modification
Blood contacting devices (Artificial lungs, catheters etc.)
Nitric Oxide release
Zwitterionic materials

Research published in:
American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Materials Chemistry B
Advanced Materials Interfaces


 Dr. Kagya Amoako's University of New Haven web page

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