The mission of the Gilbert Laboratory is to develop biomaterials that promote a pro-regenerative environment to allow for axonal regeneration and functional recovery following nervous system injury.
Overview and Approach
As a Biomedical Engineering laboratory with a focus on biomaterial development for neural regeneration applications (spinal cord injury (SCI), peripheral nerve injury (PNI), and Alzheimer's disease), the Gilbert lab develops a multitude of biomaterial scaffolds to target different aspects of nervous system injury/disease pathology. These materials are designed to serve as growth conduits, drug delivery vehicles, support scaffolds for regeneration, and culture models for preliminary in vitro testing. The overall goal of the Gilbert lab is to create biomaterial scaffolds that limit secondary tissue necrosis and foster long term neural tissue regeneration to promote functional recovery.