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Promita Bhattacharjee

Postdoctoral Researcher



Promita joined the Ahearne lab at TCBE in May, 2017 as a Postdoctoral researcher to design scaffolds for corneal regeneration.She obtained her Bachelor and Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering from West Bengal University of Technology, India and Jadavpur University, India respectively. She received her PhD from Materials Science Centre of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. Her doctoral research work was pursued on development of potential non-mulberry silk fibroin based bioactive, bioresorbable nanofibrous scaffold for bone tissue regeneration.

Research Interests

Research expertise and interests broadly revolve around the tissue engineering scaffolds,including design, fabrication and functionalization, and investigating their interactions with the cells, including stem cells, both at cellular and molecular scale as well as in vivo implementation.

Project: Development of biomimetic scaffolds for corneal regeneration

The aim of this project is to develop a new approach to corneal tissue regeneration. Previous approaches at engineering corneal tissue have required access to donor cells and lengthy culture periods in an attempt to grow tissue in vitro prior to implantation with only limited success and at great expense. Our approach will differ fundamentally from these in that we will design artificial corneal scaffolds that do not require donated cells or in vitro culture but instead will recruit the patient’s own cells to regenerate the cornea post-implantation. These biomaterial scaffolds will incorporate specific chemical and physical cues with the deliberate aim of attracting cells and inducing tissue formation.


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