With new funding from three recent research grants, bioengineer Marian Hettiaratchi is seeking new insights into the role of proteins in tissue repair and exploring new ways to potentially promote central nervous system repair. An assistant professor in the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, Hettiaratchi focuses on creating biomaterials to deliver proteins to different types of injuries in the body.
“I’m passionate about this type of work because it has great potential to improve human health,” Hettiaratchi said. “My lab is situated at the intersection of basic and applied research. Being at the Knight Campus has allowed us to form multiple collaborations to engage in work that ranges from clinical translational to fundamental science.”