MayLin Howard

PhD Student
Email: mfunkenb [at] mit . edu

Layer-by-Layer Systems for Craniomaxillofacial Bone Repair

Reconstruction of the craniomaxillofacial (CMF) bone to repair defects due to congenital conditions, trauma, or disease can be challenging. The current golden standard involves autologous bone grafts which require secondary surgeries, increasing patient risk of infection and morbidity. Biocompatible implants with engineered coatings can replace these autologous bone grafts while providing helpful agents to promote angiogenesis and bone integration and discourage infections. My research will explore these coatings and implant substrates using layer-by-layer technology to improve the scaffolds and therapeutics used in these implants.