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Cell therapy and regenerative medicine
Measurement assurance strategies
Cell counting and cell viability measurements
Bio-mineralization and osteogenic differentiation measurements
Bone marrow stromal cell characterization
Cell shape metrology and machine learning strategies
Biomimetic polymer synthesis & characterization
Honors and Activities
U.S. Expert to ISO TC/276 Biotechnology, Working Group 3 (Analytical Methods)
Mentor, NIST SURF student program (2013 – present)
NIST Sigma XI Most outstanding biology and biotechnology poster presentation, 2013
NIST-NRC Postdoctoral Fellow, January 2012 – January 2014
Best Student Paper, 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
Simon Jr CG, Lin-Gibson S, Elliott JT, Sarkar S, Plant AL (2016) Strategies for achieving measurement assurance for cell therapy products. Stem Cells Translational Medicine, in press.
Tutak W, Sarkar S, Lin-Gibson S, Farooque TM, Jyotsnendu G, Wang D, Kohn J, Bolikal D, Simon Jr CG (2013) The Support of Bone Marrow Stromal Cell Differentiation by Airbrushed Nanofiber Scaffolds. Biomaterials 34, 2389-2398.
Sarkar, S., Lightfoot-Vidal, S. E., Schauer, C. L., Vresilovic, E., and Marcolongo, M.. "Terminal-end functionalization of chondroitin sulfate for the synthesis of biomimetic proteoglycans." Carbohydrate Polymers 90, no. 1 (2012): 431-440.
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.
Compositions and Methods for Treating a Disorder or Defect in Soft Tissue. Michele Marcolongo, Edward Vresilovic, Benjamin Jackson, Sumona Sarkar, Caroline Schauer.