About the Lab

The Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory of Lichun Lu, Ph.D., at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, develops novel synthetic polymers as scaffolds for tissue engineering and carriers for controlled cell and drug delivery.

Dr. Lu's lab studies the effect of material properties, including polymer chemistry, surface characteristics, 3-D morphology, mechanical properties and degradation profiles, on the structural and functional regeneration of missing, damaged or diseased tissues. Polymer design, synthesis, fabrication and evaluation in in vitro cell culture and in vivo animal models are emphasized.

Dr. Lu works with an outstanding multidisciplinary team of clinicians, polymer chemists, biomedical engineers, imaging scientists and biologists to conduct research in the Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine Lab.

Next-generation regenerative medicine therapies

By understanding the complex interactions among cells, scaffolds, extracellular matrix molecules, mechanical signals and soluble bioactive factors, Dr. Lu's Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine Lab strives to develop next-generation regenerative medicine therapies for bone repair, spine fracture risk prediction and treatment, nerve regeneration, and targeted cancer treatment.

About Dr. Lu

Lichun Lu, Ph.D., is a professor of biomedical engineering and a professor of orthopedics with Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. She is a primary faculty member in the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Lu is also a faculty member of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Mayo Clinic.