Biomedical professor to lead journal as executive editor

Sep 27, 2021 | Engineering and Science, Faculty/Staff, General News, Research

Dr. Mary Caldorera-Moore, Associate Professor and Chair for Biomedical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science, has been named an Executive Editor for the Journal of Applied Polymer Science.

Dr. Mary Caldorera-MooreCaldorera-Moore was invited to become an executive editor after guest-editing a special issue entitled “Intelligent/Responsive Polymers as Biomaterials,” in honor of her postdoctoral advisor, Dr. Nicholas Peppas, professor of biomedical engineering and Director of the Institute for Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, and Regenerative Medicine at The University of Texas at Austin.

The special issue included an article featuring research performed by Caldorera-Moore’s advisee and undergraduate research student Rachel Hegab in collaboration with Peppas, and Dr. Christopher Kevil, vice chancellor for research and director of the Center for Redox Biology and Cardiovascular Disease COBRE at Louisiana State University Health Shreveport. The article also included cover art by Nick Bustamante, Louisiana Tech professor of studio art and director of the VISTA (Visual Integration of Science Through Art) program.

The Journal of Applied Polymer Science is the largest scientific publication in polymer science and has the fifth-highest number of citations in the ISI Polymer Science category. The journal has nearly 60,000 annual citations, more than 1.9 million downloads per year.

Journal topics include membranes, energy conversion and storage, and biomedical implants; as well as all types of polymeric materials, from polysaccharides to composites, to biodegradable polymers, covered in research articles, reviews, comments, and perspectives.

“I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to be a part of JAPS – the largest scientific publication in the field of polymer science,” said Caldorera-Moore. “I hope my work and contributions to the journal will help it continue to stay on the forefront while growing and expanding more into the biomaterials research field.”

Caldorera-Moore’s Therapeutic Micro- and Nanotechnology Biomaterials Laboratory combines micro- and nanoscale technologies with intelligent biomaterials to create new and improved biomimetic platforms to study the influence chemistry, surface topography, and material properties play on directing cell fate or the ability to response and release therapeutics. Students who work with her in the lab have the opportunity to help develop innovative systems for targeted, cell-specific responsive drug delivery and regenerative medicine applications. Caldorera-Moore guides students in areas of design, fabrication, characterization, and use of advanced micro/nano biosystems for targeted delivery.

You can read both the special issue and the latest publication online. You can also read the article written by Caldorera-Moore, her student researcher, and her collaborators.