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Sumona Sarkar

Research Interests  

  • Biomimetic polymer synthesis & characterization
  • Scaffold fabrication & characterization
  • Stem cell-scaffold interactions    



  • Best Student Paper, Silver Award, 2nd International Symposium on Surface and Interface of Biomaterials
  • Physical Cell Biology Fellow, 2008-2009
  • Graduate Student Award for Inspired Teaching, 2008
  • Engineering Design Education Fellow, 2007 - 2008
  • Duke University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, 2002  



Sarkar, S., Schauer, C.L., Vresilovic, E., Marcolongo, M. (2011), "Immobilization of chondroitin sulfate for hybrid bio/synthetic biomimetic macromolecule synthesis." In Preparation.  

Massey, C.J., Sarkar, S., Marcolongo, M. (2011), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy Characterization of the Human Intervertebral Disc. In Preparation.  

Marcolongo M, Sarkar S, Ganesh N. Comprehensive Biomaterials: Trends in Materials for Spine Surgery. Ducheyne P, editor (2011). (Book Chapter)  

Thomas JD, Fussell G, Sarkar S, Lowman AM, Marcolongo M. Synthesis and recovery characteristics of branched and grafted PNIPAAm-PEG hydrogels for the development of an injectable load-bearing nucleus pulposus replacement. Acta Biomaterialia. 2010;6(4):1319-28.  

Sarkar , S., Isenberg, B.C., Hodis, E., Leach, J.B., Desai, T.A., Wong, J.Y., (2008). Fabrication of a Layered Microstructured Polycaprolactone Construct for 3-D Tissue Engineering. J Biomat Sci: Polym Ed 19(10).  

Sarkar, S., G.Y. Lee, J.Y. Wong, T.A. Desai (2006). Vascular Tissue Engineering: Development and Characterization of a Porous Micro-Patterned Scaffold for Vascular Tissue Engineering Applications. Biomaterials 27(27): 4775-4782.  

Sarkar, S., M. Dadhania, J.Y. Wong, T.A. Desai. (2005). Vascular tissue engineering: Microtextured scaffold templates to control organization of vascular smooth muscle cells and extracellular matrix. Acta Biomaterialia 1(1): 93-100.    



U.S. Patent Appl. No. PCT/US10/56064, "Compositions and Methods for Treating a Disorder or Defect in Soft Tissue" Marcolongo, M., Versilovic, E., Jackson, B., Sarkar, S., Schauer, C., Filed Nov. 9, 2010.

sumona sarkar


NRC Post-Doctoral Fellow
Polymers Division
Biomaterials Group


Ph.D., Drexel University, Biomedical Engineering September, 2011

M.S., Boston University, Biomedical Engineering, 2006

B.S., Boston University, Biomedical Engineering, 2003


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