Matthew L Becker

Becker

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science

The Becker Laboratory for Functional Biomaterials is a multidisciplinary organic materials group working at the interface of chemistry, organic materials and medicine.   We are developing families of degradable polymers with highly tunable physical and biological properties that are being applied to unmet needs in bone, soft tissue, neural and vascular tissue engineering.  We are also actively engages in additive manufacturing and the development of custom inks that are enabling unique solutions to challenging design paradigms in biomaterials.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Chemistry
  • Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Contact Information

  • Office Location: B120 Levine Science Res Center, 308 Research Drive, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 681-3812
  • Email Address: matthew.l.becker@duke.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis, 2003
  • M.A. Washington University in St. Louis, 2000
  • B.S. Northwest Missouri State University, 1998

Research Interests

The Becker Laboratory for Functional Biomaterials is a multidisciplinary organic materials group working at the interface of chemistry, organic materials and medicine.   We are developing families of degradable polymers with highly tunable physical and biological properties that are being applied to unmet needs in bone, soft tissue, neural and vascular tissue engineering.  We are also actively engages in additive manufacturing and the development of custom inks that are enabling unique solutions to challenging design paradigms in biomaterials.

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Dreger, NZ; Zander, ZK; Hsu, Y-H; Luong, D; Chen, P; Le, N; Parsell, T; Søndergaard, C; Dunbar, ML; Koewler, NJ; Suckow, MA; Becker, ML, Zwitterionic amino acid-based Poly(ester urea)s suppress adhesion formation in a rat intra-abdominal cecal abrasion model., Biomaterials, vol 221 (2019) [10.1016/j.biomaterials.2019.119399] [abs].
  • Motta, CMM; Endres, KJ; Wesdemiotis, C; Willits, RK; Becker, ML, Enhancing Schwann cell migration using concentration gradients of laminin-derived peptides., Biomaterials, vol 218 (2019) [10.1016/j.biomaterials.2019.119335] [abs].
  • Guerra, AJ; Lammel-Lindemann, J; Katko, A; Kleinfehn, A; Rodriguez, CA; Catalani, LH; Becker, ML; Ciurana, J; Dean, D, Optimization of photocrosslinkable resin components and 3D printing process parameters., Acta Biomaterialia, vol 97 (2019), pp. 154-161 [10.1016/j.actbio.2019.07.045] [abs].
  • Strauss, MJ; Asheghali, D; Evans, AM; Li, RL; Chavez, AD; Sun, C; Becker, ML; Dichtel, WR, Cooperative Self-Assembly of Pyridine-2,6-Diimine-Linked Macrocycles into Mechanically Robust Nanotubes., Angewandte Chemie International Edition, vol 58 no. 41 (2019), pp. 14708-14714 [10.1002/anie.201907668] [abs].
  • Le Fer, G; Luo, Y; Becker, ML, Poly(propylene fumarate) stars, using architecture to reduce the viscosity of 3D printable resins, Polymer Chemistry, vol 10 no. 34 (2019), pp. 4655-4664 [10.1039/c9py00738e] [abs].