Grunlan, Melissa individual record


Prof. Grunlan's research is focused on the development of polymeric biomaterials for medical devices having resistance to biological adhesion and for implantable scaffolds used in regenerative engineering. The unique properties of these biomaterials afford the opportunity to overcome barriers associated with treating various diseases and medical conditions. Specifically, her research has focused on materials for implanted glucose biosensor membranes [to extend sensor lifetime], hemodialysis catheters [to reduce clotting and infection rates], self-fitting tissue scaffolds [to heal bone defects due to injury, tumor resection or congenital birth defect] and cartilage resurfacing [as an alternative to total joint replacement].

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Academic Articles101
  • Pfau, M. R., Beltran, F. O., Woodard, L. N., Dobson, L. K., Gasson, S. B., Robbins, A. B., ... Grunlan, M. A. (2021). Evaluation of a self-fitting, shape memory polymer scaffold in a rabbit calvarial defect model. Acta Biomaterialia. 136, 233-242.
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  • Houk, C. J., Beltran, F. O., & Grunlan, M. A. (2021). Suitability of EtO sterilization for polydopamine-coated, self-fitting bone scaffolds. Polymer Degradation and Stability. 194, 109763-109763.
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  • Lawson, Z. T., Han, J., Saunders, W. B., Grunlan, M. A., Moreno, M. R., & Robbins, A. B. (2021). Methodology for performing biomechanical push-out tests for evaluating the osseointegration of calvarial defect repair in small animal models. MethodsX. 8, 101541-101541.
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  • Dogbevi, K. S., Ngo, B., Branan, K. L., Gibbens, A. M., Grunlan, M. A., & Coté, G. L. (2021). A thin whole blood smear prepared via pumpless microfluidics. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics. 25(7), 59.
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  • Pfau, M. R., & Grunlan, M. A. (2021). Smart scaffolds: shape memory polymers (SMPs) in tissue engineering.. J Mater Chem B. 9(21), 4287-4297.
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  • Grunlan, M. A., Xing, L., & Glass, J. E. (1997). Waterborne Coatings with an Emphasis on Synthetic Aspects: An Overview. AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY.
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  • Rufin, M. A., & Grunlan, M. A. (2015). Surface-Grafted Polymer Coatings. Functional Polymer Coatings. 218-238. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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Conference Papers47
  • Stukel, J. M., Macaitis, J., Chen, W., Botts, E., Grunlan, M. A., Lien, W., & Burdette, A. J. (2019). EVALUATION OF MESENCHYMAL STROMAL CELL DIFFERENTIATION FOR HEALING OF LARGE TISSUE DEFECTS. SHOCK. 51(6), 162-163.
  • Colvin, L. E., Coté, G. L., Means, A. K., Dong, P., & Grunlan, M. A. (2019). Assessment of wavelengths with skin tones for an implantable FRET-based glucose biosensor. Optical Diagnostics and Sensing XIX: Toward Point-of-Care Diagnostics, Optical Diagnostics and Sensing XIX: Toward Point-of-Care Diagnostics. 10885, 108850y-108850y-7.
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  • Pfau, M. R., McKinzey, K. G., Roth, A. A., & Grunlan, M. A. (2019). Biodegradable shape memory polymer (Smp) semi-interpenetrating networks (semi-ipns) with highly tunable properties for bone regeneration. Transactions of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Biomaterials and the Annual International Biomaterials Symposium. 40, 219.
  • Beltran, F. O., Houk, C. J., & Grunlan, M. A. (2019). Silicon-containing shape memory polymer (Smp) scaffolds for cranial bone defect repair. Transactions of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Biomaterials and the Annual International Biomaterials Symposium. 40, 495.
  • Dong, P., Means, A. K., Schott, B. J., Coté, G. L., & Grunlan, M. A. (2019). Thermoresponsive hydrogels with comb-type architecture for "self-cleaning" glucose biosensor membranes. Transactions of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Biomaterials and the Annual International Biomaterials Symposium. 40, 758.
  • Grunlan, M. A., Hahn, M. S., & Saunders, W. B. (2020). Implant-based repair of osteochondral defects.
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  • Grunlan, M., Zhang, D., Schoener, C., & Saunders, W. (2018). Shape memory polymer scaffolds for tissue defects.
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Texas A&M University; Biomedical Engineering; 3120 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3120