Laboratory Research

Our laboratory is part of the new Institute of Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, and Regenerative Medicine (link). Our Laboratory of Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, Bionanotechnology and Molecular Recognition has been the leading group and pacesetter in the field of drug delivery and controlled release, a field that has been developed into a mature area of scholarly and applied research. In addition we have had extensive contributions in biomaterials and bionanotechnology, and have contributed seminal work in the field of feedback controlled biomedical devices. The multidisciplinary approach of this research in bionanotechnology and biomolecular engineering blends modern molecular and cellular biology with engineering to generate next-generation systems and devices, including bioMEMS with enhanced applicability, reliability, functionality, and longevity. Our contributions have been translated into more than twenty medical products with multibillion dollar markets.

Our recent research has concentrated in three major areas, protein drug delivery, recognitive systems for diagnosis and delivery of therapeutic agents, and regenerative medicine or tissue engineering. For this work he has received significant funding in the last six years (he has been at UT since January 2003) from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Texas 4000, the US-Portugal program and numerous companies.

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1977-1991 1992-2001 2002-2007 2008-2016
Todd W.B Gehr Dukjoon Kim Aaron Foss Justin Shofner
Yen Bao* Jennifer J. Sahlin Alexander Streubel Melissa A. Kanzelberger
Robert Gurny* Atul R. Khare Bumsang Kim Tania Betancourt*
Ming-Shin Yen Jianchu Wu Sasa Baumgartner* Edgar Perez Herrero
Lucy Lucht-Hair Esmaiel Jabbari Ebru Oral Carolyn Bayer
Richard W. Korsmeyer Kristi Anseth Marcos Garcia* Steve Marek
Donald R. Miller Deepak Hariharan  Till Bussemer Diana Snelling van Blarcom
Christian Bindschaedler Mary T. am Ende Cristina Donini Marta Gomez-Burgaz*
G.W. Raymond Davidson III Cristi L. Bell Oya Sipahigil-Kerimoğlu Adam Ekenseair
Serge Segot-Chicq J. Eric Dietz Mark Byrne Martin L. Gran
Frederic Touchard Devdatt L. Kurdikar Jay O. Blanchette Margaret Phillips-Gran
Frederique Pothier-Lallemand Alessia deAscentis J. Zachary Hilt David Kryscio
Guillaume Conrath Ruggero Bettini David B. Henthorn Coro Echeverria
Bruno Gander Balaji Narasimhan Nikhil Kavimandan Cody Schoener
Christian Robert Surya Mallapragada Nicole M. Bergmann Mar Creixell*
Tae-Ho Kim* Christopher S. Brazel Gianfranco Spizzirri* Eileen Dawson
Hai-Shung Andy Tsou Anthony M. Lowman Laura Serra William Liechty
Catherine Dubernet Robert A. Scott Elena Losi Mary Caldorera-Moore*
M. Lisa Brannon Kairali Podual Kristy M. Wood Brenda Carrillo-Conde*
Ronald S. Harland Christie M. Hassan-Bures J. Brock Thomas Diane C. Forbes
Antonios G. Mikos Robert S. Parker E. Hunter Lauten Brandon V. Slaughter
John Klier Jürgen Siepmann Donald E. Owens III Jennifer M. Knipe
Steven Lustig Mette Ingemann Terry G. Farmer Amey S. Puranik
Mara Lovrecich* Jing Zhang Lisa Lao* Michael C. Koetting
Paolo Giunchedi* Jennifer Harting Ward Irma Sanchez Jonathan T. Peters
Lauretta Maggi* Franco Barbato* Jeff Wilson Laura E. Strong*
Alec B. Scranton Yanbin Huang Ruben Morones  
Olivier Saslawski Petr Bures Omar Fisher  
Myung Cheon Lee Madeline Torres-Lugo Daniel Carr  
Christopher N. Bowman Hideki Ichikawa* Amber Doiron  
  William Leobandung    

* Green indicates those in academic positions
* Asterisk indicates former post docs

Celebration of the Founding of AICHE 100 Years Ago with article in the chemical heritage foundation magazine by Nicholas Peppas (Fall 2008) (click here)

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Photos of Students During NAP Tenure at Univ. of Texas

Profile of a husband and wife team: Nicholas and Lisa (PDF Version)



Institute for Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, and Regenerative Medicine

Video Presentations Featuring Lab Research

Current News

On February 17, Dr. Peppas was awarded with the inaurgural Pioneer of Nanomedicine Award from the Johns Hopkins Center for Nanomedicine Link to Article

On December 17, Dr. Peppas presented a new invited talk on Intelligent and diagnostic therapeutic systems at the US-Japan Drug Delivery meeting.

On November 23, Dr. Peppas gave an invited seminar at the South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China. He spoke on the Past, Present and Future of Biomaterials.

On November 20, Dr. Peppas have a plenary lecture at the 2015 Chinese Biomaterials Congress, in Haiku, Hainan, China. He spoke on Smart Biomaterials for Diagnosis of Diseases and Improvement of the Quality of Life of Patients.

On November 17, Dr. Peppas headed a delegation of US NAE member who participated at a Forum on Grand Challenges for Biomaterials in the 21st Century in Chengdu, China. He spoke on The Challenge to Improve the Response of Biomaterials to the Physiological Environment.

On September 1, Dr. Peppas received the International Award from the European Society for BiomatKrakow lecture. He presented a seminar on Intelligent Polymer Hydrogels: From Obscure Molecular Structures to Useful Multifunctional Systems.

On July 27, Dr. Peppas was recognized for his seminal contributions to the field of Controlled Release at the International CRS meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland. He spoke on Intelligent Polymer Hydrogels: From Obscure Molecular Structures to Useful Multifunctional Systems for Drug and Protein Delivery, Targeting and Molecular Sensing. At the same meeting a Travel fellowship in his name was established.

On June 4, Dr. Peppas presented a plenary lecture on Intelligent and Recognitive Nanoscale Systems for New Therapeutic Applications at the 10th Panhellenic Chemical Engineering Symposium in Patras, Greece.

In June, Dr. Peppas traveled to Patras, Greece, where he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Patras. He gave an inaugural lecture on Molecular Networks and Hydrogels in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (June 3, 2015).

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Awarding of an honorary doctorate from the University of Ghent to Nicholas Peppas, March 1999 (in Flemish and English)

Awarding of an honorary doctorate by the University of Parma to Nicholas Peppas, October 1999 (in Italian)

Awarding of an honorary doctorate by the National and Capodistrian University of Athens, March 2000 (in Greek)

Ed Merrill seminar at MIT, 2001

KXAN Interview about Biomedical research, Austin, 2003

2003 SFB Founders' award: Ed Merrill

Nicholas Peppas gives the 2007 AIChE Institute Lecture

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Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering

Nicholas A. Peppas, Sc.D.
Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Division of Pharmaceutics. Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care, Dell Medical School. Director, Institute for Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, and Regenerative Medicine.
The University of Texas at Austin
107 W Dean Keeton St, Stop C0800
Austin, TX 78712-1801


Recent Laboratory Publications

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1. B Carillo-Conde, E Brewer, AM Lowman, NA Peppas, Complexation Hydrogels as Oral Delivery Vehicles of Therapeutic Antibodies: An in-vitro and Ex-vivo Evaluation of Antibody Stability and Bioactivity, Ind. Engn. Chem. Res. (in press)

2. BV Slaughter, AT Blanchard, KF Maass, NA Peppas, Dynamic swelling behavior of interpenetrating polymer networks in response to temperature and pH, J Appl Polym Sci, 132, 42076 (2015) (link)

3. MC Koetting, JT Peters, SD Steichen, NA Peppas, Stimulus-responsive Hydrogels: Theory, modern advances and applications, Mat. Sci. Engin. R: Reports, 93, 1-49 (2015) (link).

4. SR Marek, ML Gran, NA Peppas, M Caldorera-Moore, Intelligent, Responsive Metal-Hydrogel Systems for Controlled Delivery of Cancer Therapeutics, in HJ Schneider, ed, Chemoresponsive Materials: Stimulation by Chemical and Biological Stimulation, RSC, London, 2015 in press.

5. DS Spencer, AS Puranik, NA Peppas, Intelligent Nanoparticles for Advanced Drug Delivery in Cancer Treatment, Curr. Opin Chem. Engineer., 7, 84-92 (2015) (link).

6. N Annabi, A Tamayol, SR Shin, AM Ghaemmaghami, NA Peppas, A Khademhosseini, Surgical Materials: Current Challenges and Nano-enabled Solutions, Nano Today, 9, 574-589 (2014). (link)

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National Distinctions of Laboratory Graduates


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