Biomaterials Applications of Memphis (BAM)


The Biomaterials research group consists of faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in the Joint Biomedical Engineering Program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UT) and the University of Memphis (UM). Current research has focused on materials used for tissue engineering and implantology, with specific applications in dentistry and orthopedic surgery. Expertise within the group includes synthesis, materials characterization, and the evaluation of materials in vitro and in vivo. Listed below are some of the materials that are currently being investigated by this group:

  • Titanium and titanium alloy
  • Zirconia
  • Cobalt –Chromium and Stainless Steel Implant alloys
  • Hydroxyapatite and other calcium phosphate
  • Calcium sulfate
  • Chitosan
  • Biodegradable polymers such as PLA and PGA
  • Electrospun tissue engineering scaffolds and products

In general, materials are used for the following research within the group:

  • Drug release
  • Coatings
  • 3-Dimensional scaffolds
  • Materials enhancements and modifications
  • Dental reconstruction
  • Bone regeneration
  • Cartilage repair
  • Vascular surgery
  • Wound healing
  • Hemostasis (controlling voluminous bleeding)
  • Delivery of biological factors.

The ability of these materials to induce osteogenesis, angiogenesis, and hard soft tissue repair, has been the main interests within this group. As such, these materials are evaluated by:

- Material characterization techniques

  • Electron microscopy
  • X-ray diffraction spectroscopy
  • Differential scanning calorimetery
  • Contact surface area
  • Gel Permeation Chromatography/High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph
  • Fourier Transform Infra-Red spectroscopy
  • Electrochemical corrosion

- Biological response (In-Vitro)

  • Bone cells (osteoblasts and osteoclasts)
  • Stem cells
  • Endothelial cells
  • Function specific fibroblasts
  • Macrophage cells
  • Co-cultures

- Biological response (In-Vitro)

  • Dental Implant model
  • Osteoinductivity model
  • Cortical – cancellous bone defect model
  • Osteointegration model

Our facilities include multiple tissue culture laboratories and animal study units at both UM and UT. The collaborative effort of the BAM group allows the post-docs and graduate students enhanced availability and breadth of equipment to conduct research on challenging and cutting edge clinical problems.

For additional information visit the University of Memphis - Musculoskeletal Resources page or contact the following faculty: 

Joel Bumgardner (UoM)
Warren Haggard (UoM)
Gary Bowlin (UoM)
Amber Jennings (UoM)
Richard Smith (UTHSC) 

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UTHSC Campus

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
956 Court Avenue, Suite E226
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5880
Fax: (901) 448-7387

Dr. Richard Smith, Program Director
956 Court Avenue, Suite E228
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5254

U of M Campus

Department of
Biomedical Engineering

The University of Memphis
330 Engineering Technology Building
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: (901) 678-3733
Fax: (901) 678-5281

Dr. Amy de Jongh Curry, Program Director
330 Engineering Technology Building
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: (901) 678-2017