The National Institutes of Health awards a $1.87M grant to Lehigh University's ChBE Professor Kelly Schultz

Schultz has been awarded an R35-Maximizing Investigators' Research Award from the NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences titled "Characterizing the feedback loop between cells and the pericellular region during cell-material interactions".
The proposed research program will focus on characterizing cell-material interactions during critical processes to enhance the design of materials that promote wound healing and tissue regeneration. The processes to be studied are: (1) cellular adhesion, (2) hMSC spreading and motility in response to scaffold viscoelasticity and (3) hMSC-material interactions in response to environmental signaling molecules. The proposed work will support the overarching goal of understanding the fundamentals of cell-material interactions and the influence on basic cellular processes which will be used in the design of new materials that can use their structure and properties to instruct cellular processes after implantation. 
“Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute Of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R35GM147043. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”