Title: WHEN A POLYMER SCIENTIST MEETS BIOLOGISTS
Speaker: Prof. Bhuvanesh Gupta, Bioengineering Laboratory, Department of Textile Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi-110016
The polymeric materials have generated considerable interest as biomaterials in human healthcare where biomaterials represent the most innovative domain of medical science & technology. Our bioengineering group has been working in four domains: sutures, wound dressings, tissue engineering and nanobiotechnology with precise functionalization for each domain. Although, drug delivery based on graft copolymers still remains a focused route in healthcare systems, the tissue engineering involving hydrogels has come up recently in a very innovative way.
The world of healthcare is unlimited and possibilities are enormous. One of the classical examples of current day healthcare is the wound care systems where a very precise and fast healing is required. The accelerated healing may be achieved by using wound dressings with innovative features of exudate absorption, biocompatibility and infection control. We have been working on wound dressings based on chitosan, dextran, chitosan and polyvinyl alcohol hydrogels so that a faster healing along with minimum scaring may be achieved. The advantage of biopolymers is that they are biodegradable and non-immunogenic. The efforts against infection have been the global initiative. This becomes particularly interesting when polymers are used as implants and a very precise biomaterial fabrication is needed to control the infection at the site. A proper combination of the material designing in combination with the proper choice of a bioactive agent would remain as the focus of biomaterial development.
Dr. Bhuvanesh Gupta is the Professor of Polymers at Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and is the President of three international bodies; Asian Polymer Association, Society of Biomaterials Artificial Organs India (Delhi), and Indo-Italian Forum on Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering. Dr. Gupta did his PhD from IIT Delhi and spent a couple of years as post-doc in Paris. Subsequently, Dr. Gupta worked for eight years in France, Sweden and Switzerland under different capacities in several laboratories. Dr. Gupta initiated research career in the field of polymer functionalization, biomaterials and tissue engineering and worked in collaboration with University of Uppsala, Sweden and INSERM Paris, France. Dr. Gupta had brief assignment as Director (Research) at Sikkim Manipal University Gangtok and is back to IIT system as professor of polymers and biomaterials.
Dr. Gupta has been awarded medals at the University Level and has been granted several Visiting Fellowships in different European countries involving Sweden, Switzerland and France. He has been the member of DBT talk force of Government of India. He is on the editorial board of several journals. Winner of several awards and medals, Dr. Gupta has about 180 publications in International journals and more than 300 conference presentations in India and abroad along with 25 patents to his credit. Dr. Gupta has authored eight books published by International publishers and has been invited by several laboratories across Europe for delivering talks. 14 PhDs have been awarded their degrees and 4 PhD students working on different areas of biomedical technology in his group.