The overall objective of the Burdick Laboratory is to design unique biomaterials for a range of biomedical applications. Our work spans fundamental questions related to polymer synthesis and processing through to clinical applications, particularly in the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal fields. Our group has pioneered the development of polymeric biomaterials – including electrospun fibers, injectable hydrogels, and 3D printed scaffolds – and demonstrated our effectiveness in drug delivery, tissue engineering, and mechanobiology. Several startup companies have been formed based on work in the laboratory towards translation into the clinic.

Awards and Achievements

  • NIH K22 Scholar Development and Faculty Transition Award ( 2004)
  • Coulter Foundation Early Career Award ( 2008)
  • NSF CAREER Award ( 2009)
  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering ( 2011)
  • American Heart Association Established Investigator Award ( 2014)
  • Clemson Award for Basic Research from Society for Biomaterials
  • George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research